Saint Thomas Church

Place Foch

14800 TOUQUES

Listed as a historical monument since 1926, the church of Saint-Thomas de Touques - formerly called Saint-Etienne - has been enormously altered since its construction in the 12th century, and retains only its original choir.
The church has a Romanesque nave, transformed in the 14th, 17th and 19th centuries, a Gothic choir entirely rebuilt during the Hundred Years War, and a Louis XIV style portal. The chancel has an ancient opening for lepers from the sick bay of Saint Mark and for believers suffering from the plague, so that they could hear mass outside.
The church is named after Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury after his stay in Touques. Thomas Becket served King Henry II Plantagenet as Chancellor of England. Following his appointment as archbishop, he renounced his role as chancellor and publicly opposed the king. Thomas Becket was murdered in his cathedral in 1170, but was canonized in 1173 and the inhabitants of Touques placed their church under his protection. Inside the church, a stained glass window painted in the 16th century represents his assassination. One can also see "bolt holes" in the walls - which were used to put up scaffolding for repairs -, a gigantic crucifix dating from the 16th century, two statues of Saint Gilles (protector of children) and a Virgin and Child.
On the outside, under the roof, "Modillons" representing animal heads were used to hold the cornice. Its bell tower, 21 meters high, is surmounted by a neo-gothic octagonal spire added after the repair of the bell tower in 1870.
Since the desacralization of the Saint-Pierre church, the Saint-Thomas church is the only place of worship in Touques.

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