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Church of St. Peter


14800 TOUQUES

The existence of this church is mentioned from 1026 in an act of Richard II, but the building, preserved today, cannot go back beyond the years 1070-1080 under the reign of William the Conqueror, having undoubtedly succeeded to an older building.
Outside, the lantern tower, erected after 1125, has the particularity of being octagonal, whereas it is usually square.
Inside, the church has a restored Romanesque nave, dating from around 1100 years old, reduced to two bays in the XNUMXth century. The crossing of the transept preserves capitals with beautiful decorations: quadrupeds, snakes, flat heads. The arches of the crossing, decorated with bird beaks, support the octagonal lantern tower. The choir, offset from the nave, is covered with a barrel vault supported by a double arch, a rare occurrence in Normandy during the Romanesque period.
Decommissioned during the revolution, the church has been desecrated since 1791. It was almost destroyed and owes its protection to the National Caisse des Monuments Historiques created in 1840 which undertook extensive restorations there the same year. It was used as a depot for furniture, firefighting equipment and even petroleum. In the 1920s, bleachers were set up there to make it a performance hall. Today, it is a cultural space: concerts and exhibitions follow one another.

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