Église Saint-Sépulcre - Abbeville, France
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N 50° 06.546 E 001° 50.231
31U E 416854 N 5551408
Quick Description: [EN] The Saint-Sepulcre Church is a 15th century Gothic collegiate church in the historic heart of the old town of Abbeville. [FR] L'église Saint-Sépulcre est une collégiale gothique du XVe siècle dans le cœur historique de la vieille ville d'Abbeville.
Location: Hauts-de-France, France
Date Posted: 10/19/2019 7:07:13 AM
Waymark Code: WM11G7Q
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Alfouine
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Long Description:

"The origin of the church of Saint-Sépulcre d'Abbeville is in a rather unusual story.To respond to the call of the first crusade (late eleventh century), Guy de Ponthieu brought the knights of the North into the city of Abbeville, where Godefroy de Bouillon passed them in review.

To commemorate the event, a church was built at the exact location of this gathering. Legend. There is no mention of the church before a charter dating from 1206. Moreover, no trace of the 11th or 12th century is visible in the building.

In fact, the church was built in the 15th century. It is typical of many religious buildings built in France after the Hundred Years War, in favor of economic renewal.

Bell tower and transept were rebuilt in neo-Gothic style in 1864. In May 1940, like the Saint-Vulfran collegiate church and the Saint-Gilles church, Saint-Sepulcre is the prey of German bombs: the vault collapses as well as some walls. The windows were surely blown on this occasion. The restoration of the building will only occur in the 1970s.

The interest of the Saint-Sépulcre church lies in its contemporary glass roof, which dates from 1993. All stained glass boxes were designed by Alfred Manessier (1911-1993).

The artist has retained the theme of the victory of life over death. The glass roof was created by the Lorin workshop in Chartres. Without being superb, the stained glass windows can be described as "original" and respectful of the atmosphere of contemplation that must remain that of any religious building. "

Sources : The Church

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" L'origine de l'église Saint-Sépulcre d'Abbeville se trouve dans une histoire peu banale. Pour répondre à l'appel de la première croisade (fin du XIe siècle), Guy de Ponthieu amena les chevaliers du Nord en la cité d'Abbeville où Godefroy de Bouillon les passa en revue.

Afin de commémorer l'événement, une église fut construite à l'endroit précis de ce rassemblement. Légende. On ne trouve aucune mention de l'église avant une charte datant de 1206. De plus, aucune trace des XIe ou XIIe siècle n'est visible dans l'édifice.

Dans les faits, l'église a été bâtie au XVe siècle. Elle est typique des nombreux édifices religieux construits en France après la guerre de Cent Ans, à la faveur du renouveau économique.

Clocher et transept ont été rebâtis en style néogothique en 1864. En mai 1940, comme la collégiale Saint-Vulfran et l'église Saint-Gilles, Saint-Sépulcre est la proie des bombes allemandes : la voûte s'effondre ainsi que certains murs. Les vitraux ont sûrement été soufflés à cette occasion. La restauration du bâtiment n'interviendra que dans les années 1970.

L'intérêt de l'église Saint-Sépulcre réside dans sa verrière contemporaine qui date de 1993. Tous les cartons des vitraux ont été dessinés par Alfred Manessier (1911-1993).

L'artiste a retenu le thème de la victoire de la vie sur la mort. La verrière a été créée par l'atelier Lorin à Chartres. Sans être superbes, on peut qualifier les vitraux d'«originaux» et de respectueux de l'atmosphère de recueillement qui doit rester celle de tout édifice religieux. "

Sources : L’Eglise

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Hours of Operation:
Open from 01/10/2019 to 31/03/2020 on Saturday and Sunday: from 2 pm to 5 pm Open from 01/04/2020 to 30/09/2020 from Tuesday to Sunday from 2 pm to 6 pm


Admission Prices:
Free


Approximate amount of time needed to fully experience the attraction: Less than 15 minutes

Transportation options to the attraction: Not listed

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