Saint Peter's Church

Saint Peter's Square

14800 TOUQUES

The existence of this church is mentioned as early as 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 probably succeeded an older building.
On the outside, the lantern tower, erected after 1125, is octagonal, whereas it is usually square.
Inside, the church has a restored Romanesque nave, dating from around 1100 years ago, reduced to two bays in the 18th century. The crossing of the transept preserves the capitals of the columns with beautiful decorations: quadrupeds, snakes, flat heads. The arcades of the crossing, decorated with birds' beaks, support the octagonal lantern tower, today the only vestige of this architecture. The choir, dating from the 1180's and off-center with respect to the nave, is covered with a barrel vault supported by a double arch, which was quite rare in Normandy during the Romanesque period.
Disused during the French Revolution, the church was desacralized in 1791 in favor of the church of Saint-Thomas, a few steps away. It was almost destroyed and owes its preservation to the Caisse Nationale des Monuments Historiques created in 1840, which undertook extensive restorations the same year. It was used as a warehouse for furniture, firemen's equipment and even oil. In the 1920's, bleachers were installed to make it a theater. Today, the church is the epicenter of the cultural life of Touques where many concerts, conferences and exhibitions take place.

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