The Church of Saint-Pierre is a Roman Catholic church located on the Place Saint Pierre in the center of Caen in Normandy, northern France. It is dedicated to Saint Peter.Plan your visit to Eglise Saint-Pierre and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Caen trip planner.
The construction of the present building took place between the early 13th and the 16th centuries. The spire was destroyed on the 9th July 1944, by a single 16 Inch shell, one of a fifteen-round salvo from the Royal Navy battleship HMS Rodney aimed at the 12th SS Panzer Division and has since been rebuilt.
The eastern apse of the church was built by Hector Sohier between 1518 and 1545. The interior choir and the exterior apse display an architecture that embodies the transition from Gothic to Renaissance.
Until around the mid 19th century, the eastern end of the church faced onto a canal that was then covered and replaced by a road. Various artists and engravers recorded this relation of the church to the canal; for instance, the Scottish painter David Roberts made several very similar views, one of which is in Musée des Beaux-Arts in the Château de Caen or Caen Castle
Eglise Saint-Pierre Reviews
Yes its a church not a cathedral according to the web but you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise as its an absolute beauty. The fascinating thing when we were there, was to stand on the east... more »
Right opposite the Castle really worth a look inside. Great architecture and ambiance Actually bigger than it looks more »
It's a very beautiful place
Historical building in a pretty little village. Good café culture.
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