Church of St. Christopher, Bénerville-sur-Mer

Rue Emile Liétout



This Roman church dating back to the 12th century, situated on a hill in front of the sea, has a great landscape on the Seine Bay.

His bell tower dates back to the 1596. Most of the engravings cannot be seen anymore, except for "Chevalier de l’Ordre de Malte".
Outdoor, there's a tombstone decorated with the cross of the Templars as well as nice fish bone-shaped equipment.
The building hosts architectural and decorative details, such as the triumphal arch, the wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, two nice wooden painted statues of the 18th century (including the statue of Saint Christopher) and a main altar of Louis 14 style.

Each summer at the Saint Christopher church (last Saturday and Sunday of July), a great patronal feast is celebrated with an open-air mass and car blessing. Why? The Saint Christopher church is considered as the saint patron of the travellers.
As an anecdote, Paul VI has removed this saint from the calendar in July (July 25th of the Roman calendar), but the tradition is so popular that this feast attracts every year many people since 1850.