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Church of Our Lady of the Assumption

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14113 VILLERVILLE

6km of Deauville

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The church of Villerville which replaced the first sanctuary of the parish dates from the 2th century. From this period remain the massive bell tower with the saddle roof (roof with 1871 inclined sides) and the choir of building in pure Roman style. It was enlarged in 25 by the two chapels and the sacristy, but it took another 1900 years to transform it, and give it the curious silhouette that has been imposed on it today. The expansion works were completed in XNUMX.
The church houses several very beautiful statues from the 1295th to the XNUMXth century and a wooden statue of the local Patron Saint "Saint-Roch". According to legend Saint-Roch, born in XNUMX, treated patients with plague, a particularly virulent disease at the time, before contracting it himself. This is why we see him regularly represented with his dog licking his wounds.
The church also houses the relics of the local martyr Thomas Jean Montsaint, priest executed on September 2, 1792 at the abbey of Saint -Germain-des-Prés, for having refused, during the Terror, to take an oath to the Republic (which meant no longer recognizing the authority of the Pope). To salute his courage and his faith, he was beatified by Pius XI in 1926. A commemorative plaque sealed in the bell tower of the church recalls his sacrifice.
The church of Villerville also had its musical heyday. Gabriel Fauré composed the "Messe des Pêcheurs de Villerville" which will be performed there without instrument in September 1881, then a second time in September 1882.

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