Église Notre-Dame

Calais, France

Église Notre-Dame ('The Church of Our Lady') dates from the 12th century, and chiefly from the 14th century. It is a sample of Tudor architecture due Calais was part of England for centuries. The church was damaged during the early wars between France and England, especially in 1346-47, after the Battle of Crécy. Many of the kings and queens of France and England prayed here; and John Bourchier, 2nd Baron Berners is buried in the church choir.

The church is large and has a fortress-like appearance. Its layout is in the shape of a Latin cross. There is a large nave with aisles, north and south transepts, a choir with choir-aisles, and a side chapel. A notable feature is the high altar, mostly completed by 1626, which has carvings and bas-relief. A pedestal and a statue are dated 1628, while two other statues were added in 1629, and the balustrades finished in 1648. Among the works of art is a painting by Peter Paul Rubens of the Descent from the Cross.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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A 5 (2 years ago)
An impressive place. Causes a lot of positive emotions and a desire to be more interested in history.
Marcus Schuler (2 years ago)
We arrived in Calais on very late afternoon. After Hotel Check in and a 7h Drive, we decided to do some Sightseeing by foot. Unforunately, we had the chance to see the church from outside only. Anyway, Looks good , Nice Foto View.
Jamal Haroun (3 years ago)
Good ??
haider salman (3 years ago)
Excellent
Pe St (4 years ago)
Very nice church.
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