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Saint-Pierre de Touques Church

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. The current church no doubt succeeded an older building. It depended on the bishops of Lisieux.

In the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, Touques was an important port, located not far from the ducal residence of Bonneville-sur-Touques, which probably explains the importance of the building.

Externally, the lantern tower has the distinction of being octagonal,
whereas ordinarily it is square.
Inside, the church has a restored Romanesque nave, dating from around 1100 years, reduced to two spans in the 1125th century. The transept crossing retains capitals with beautiful decorations: quadrupeds, snakes, flat heads. The arcades of the crossing, adorned with bird beaks, support an octagonal lantern tower erected after XNUMX. The choir, offset from the nave, is covered with a barrel vault supported by a double arch, quite rare in Normandy during the Romanesque era.

Disused during the revolution, it was desecrated in 1790. It served as furniture depots, firefighters' equipment and even petroleum.
In the 1920s, it served as a performance hall (bleachers will be built there).

Today, it is a cultural space: concerts and exhibitions follow one another.

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