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Saint-Martin de Vauville Church


14800 VAUVILLE

The construction of the rural church of Vauville, dedicated to Saint-Martin, dates back to the XNUMXth century, as evidenced by some remains of fishbone construction. The nave and the choir stand out well, with the later addition of the sacristy.
The nave is lit by openings of different styles, with stained glass windows of great simplicity. One of these retains the coat of arms of the Grente family. The ceiling of the nave is made of wood, covered with a whitewash.
Two side altars decorated with polychrome statues are placed on each side of the triumphal arch. The one on the left is decorated with a Virgin and Child, the one on the right with a Sacred Heart of Jesus. On each side of the central aisle, closed benches. The triumphal arch is surprisingly thick, it supports the bell tower.
The choir is narrower than the nave. The bedside table is flat. The altar is rectangular, the tabernacle supported by four small columns. Above, the table of the altarpiece, dated from the end of the XNUMXth century, beginning of the XNUMXth century, represents a Descent from the Cross. On each side, a polychrome stone statue, representing Saint-Martin as bishop on the left and Saint-Marc on the right.
The sacristy was added during the XNUMXth century, resting on the chevet.
The bell tower is surprising, with its belfry appearance. Of barlong plan, it is a rectangular block, all in stone. Above, consoles support a set of beams, serving as a base for the bell hall, surmounted by a pyramidal roof. A bell had been installed in 1744 by the lords of Vauville, the Boitard de Prémagny family, replaced by another in 1821, called Bernardine Marie. Silent for several decades, it was restored in 2003.
In the cemetery, to the right of the church, several XNUMXth century tombs have been preserved.

The church is a place of worship, but is also used for exhibitions, cultural events, etc.

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