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Eglise Saint-Pierre, Caen

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The Church of Saint-Pierre is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to Saint Peter situated on the Place Saint Pierre in the center of Caen in Normandy, northern France.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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  • A magnificent Church, the vaults and the very ornate ceilings. On the other hand the organs are very ugly...
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  • Church built on a watercourse, in several highly visible steps by looking at the vault. A bit dark but many panels allow to discover the singularities.
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  • currently in work but the ongoing visits. The stained glass windows are superb, the outside and inside are like lace
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  • 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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  • Very beautiful church. Donated by William d. Conqueror and Tomb.
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