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Priory of Saint Arnoul sur Touques

Chapel Street

14800 SAINT-ARNOULT

Classified as Historical Monuments in 1970, the buildings of the old parish church and the main chapel which adjoins it, both built in the XNUMXth century, stand on the hillside on the left bank of the Touques, and are dedicated to Saint- Arnoult. What is commonly called "the chapel of Saint-Arnoult" actually corresponds to two buildings, the priory chapel and the parish church. The two buildings had a very distinct function and vocation.

The priory chapel, founded in 1061, depended on the monastery of Longpont-sur-Orge (91), where priors were appointed and sent everywhere in France. This priory is distinguished by not being a Norman foundation and by being a Cluniac Benedictine with a titular Prior. It is the first Cluniac foundation established in Normandy. Benedictine Cluniac monks remained there until the XNUMXth century. Architecturally, it is reminiscent of the Romanesque architecture of Mont-Saint-Michel: there are two levels, a crypt (low oratory) and the chapel (high oratory).

The parish church, before the chapel, was held by a parish priest. Although partially in ruins, the church highlights two architectural eras: Romanesque and Gothic. A cemetery surrounded the church until the early XNUMXth century.

Many pilgrims venerated and still venerate the two sources which flow on the site: the consecrated source, in Saint Arnoul, in the shape of a bathtub, would have the virtue of restoring vigor and health to children of weak constitution. The source, dedicated to Saint Clair, is renowned for treating eye ailments.

In addition to spiritual times, the association of the Friends of the Priory of Saint Arnoul sur Touque occasionally organizes concerts and visits to the Priory: voir
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Friends of the Priory of Saint Arnoul sur Touque

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