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Saint Catherine's Church, Honfleur

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the largest church made out of wood in France, Saint Catherine's Church is dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria. A wooden sculpture shows her holding a wheel and a sword. The first nave is the oldest part of the building, dating to the second half of the 15th century. It was built using naval construction techniques, which gives the impression of an upside-down ship's hull. In the 16th century, a second nave was added, whose vault was like the wooden vaults of modest Gothic churches. The famous "axe masters" of the city’s naval yards created this lovely building without using any saws, just like their Norman ancestors and the Vikings before them. There's a bell tower separate from the principal building. Before you head to Honfleur, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Honfleur trip generator, to make sure you see all that Honfleur has to offer, including Saint Catherine's Church.
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  • A beautiful, peaceful and fascinating church. Visited lots of times previously and it's charm never ceased to delight.  more »
  • Beautiful wooden church, really impressive by its beauty and simplicity, a real jewel. He should not miss this tour, c is a must in Honfleur.
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  • Unlike the gothic stone churches you become accustom to in France, St Catherine’s is unique. It was built as a temporary church in wood and was meant to be replaced with a more traditional stone churc...  more »
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  • Unique wooden church. Definitely worth stopping in to see. With a price of free you can’t go wrong and will most likely be impressed.
  • Interesting church completely made out of wood. One of the few left in France made this way. Remember it will be closed over lunch time.
  • Fantastic wooden Church, one of the very few in France. This place is a must-see! I went there one morning during the open-air market, it was delightful.
  • Unusually for France, this is a lovely timber church - worth seeing. Closed at lunchtime
  • Beautiful and unique Woden build church. Not to miss

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