The Saint-Valéry Church in Varengeville-sur-Mer is perched on top of the cliffs of Ailly, hidden among gardens and woods bordering the cliff and overlooks the sea from a height of 84 metres. The lateral aisle in sandstone dates back to 1548 and was perhaps built by Jehan Ango to enlarge the primitive sanctuary. The Choir is bathed in a blue light diffused by the abstract stained glass of Raoul Ubac, disciple of Braque. The wreathed column is decorated with reliefs which were inspired by maritime expeditions. The 3rd column is polygonal (a Henry II pillar top).

The church is surrounded by the marine cemetery, made famous by 2 brothers, Jérôme and Jean Tharaud, who lived in Varengeville and wrote several texts about it in the Chronicles of Figaro in 1948. This was the beginning of the fame of this sanctuary. Some artists compare the texts of the Tharaud brothers to the poem by Paul Valéry, the Marine Cemetery, written in 1920 and singing the charms of the marine cemetery of Sète. Analogies were drawn between the two cemeteries.

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Founded: 1548
Category: Religious sites in France

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Claudio Vergari (2 years ago)
Worth the detour
R Gonçalves (3 years ago)
Great calm place with a beautiful church and breath taking views!
geocoded Art (3 years ago)
Varengeville. L'Eglise by René Menard  (1862-1930)
Andrea Villa (3 years ago)
Really nice small church
Jerome Paquay (4 years ago)
Great panorama. Typical Normandy view of sea, cliffs and cattle
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