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Church of Our Lady of the Assumption of Villerville

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14113 VILLERVILLE

6km of Deauville

The church of Villerville which replaced the first sanctuary of the parish dates from the 12th century. From this period, there remains the solid, solid steeple, with a barrel roof (roof with 2 inclined sides);
and the building choir, in pure Romanesque style.

It was enlarged in 1871 from the two chapels and the sacristy, but it took another 25 years to transform it, and give it the curious silhouette that has been imposed on it today. The enlargement work was completed in 1900.

The church hosts several very beautiful statues from the 15th to the 19th century and a wooden statue of the local Patron Saint "Saint-Roch", born in 1295, who, according to legend, treated the sick with the plague, a particularly virulent disease in the 'epoch, before contracting this disease 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 martyr executed on September 2, 1792 at the Abbey of Saint Germain des Prés, for having, during the Terror, refused to take the oath to the Republic (which meant no longer recognize 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 and his name was attributed to the first part of "bout du haut".

The church of Villerville also experienced its hour of musical glory. Indeed Gabriel Fauré composed the "Mass of Fishermen of Villerville" which will be performed in the church a first time, without instrument in September 1, then a second time in September 1881.

eglisevillerville Mr. Le Guillard

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