Eglise Saint-Pierre, Caen

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The Church of Saint-Pierre is a Roman Catholic church located on the Place Saint Pierre in the center of Caen in Normandy, northern France. It is dedicated to Saint Peter.The construction of the present building took place between the early 13th and the 16th centuries. The spire was destroyed on the 9th July 1944, by a single 16 Inch shell, one of a fifteen-round salvo from the Royal Navy battleship HMS Rodney aimed at the 12th SS Panzer Division and has since been rebuilt.The eastern apse of the church was built by Hector Sohier between 1518 and 1545. The interior choir and the exterior apse display an architecture that embodies the transition from Gothic to Renaissance.Until around the mid 19th century, the eastern end of the church faced onto a canal that was then covered and replaced by a road. Various artists and engravers recorded this relation of the church to the canal; for instance, the Scottish painter David Roberts made several very similar views, one of which is in Musée des Beaux-Arts in the Château de Caen or Caen Castle
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  • Beautiful church, with beautiful sculptures in the stone of Caen blonde, not to push back by the restoration sites.
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  • Despite the work, we must enter this church that stands by a work of the beauty stone. The chorus, especially, but not only. Simply lift the eyes to see so few keys of doomed pending, here very finely crafted, and so elegant hangers. This church worth a visit. At the ideal with a comment to better appreciate the orbementations of stone. At the entrance of huge bells remind that their sound comes from large and heavy parts... Some will not share this opinion, but I find the organ installed in full nave particularly successful in terms of the form of the whole structure. They certainly break opportunities but add a touch of modernity (close to the curves of the Sagrada familia in Barcelona) that I find very successful.
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  • In the works for a "while", feel free to cross the threshold. The entry main being blocked, go by the side. The place is dark, certainly. But the visit is uplifting.
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  • Beautiful architecture. Definitely worth seeing since its right in the downtown core and in front of the chateau.
  • Nice to pop in while in Caen. Check the hours if you want to go inside. It's under renovation.
  • The most famous church in the city and also my favorite. The architecture both inside and out is stunning. Take a guided tour if you can as the history is unique.
  • Much loved by the citizens of Caen, the Église St-Pierre (St. Peter's Church) is a fine example of the transition between Gothic and Renaissance forms. The church is best known for its 75m (245ft) tower of 1308, whose soaring spire was destroyed in 1944 and subsequently restored. The interior features an elegant Gothic nave and an elaborate Renaissance apse, with rich decoration and unusual vaulting. Directly over the altar is a life-size sculpture of St. Peter, the church's patron. The church adjoins Place St-Pierre, which has a monument to Joan of Arc (1964).
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