Sainte-Catherine's Church
On February 20, 2020

Not to be missed in Honfleur, the church of Sainte Catherine is the largest church in France built in wood with a separate bell tower.


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Not to be missed in Honfleur, the church of Sainte Catherine is the largest church in France built in wood with a separate bell tower.

 

The church of Sainte Catherine was built in the district of the same name during the second half of the 15th century. It replaced an old stone church destroyed during the Hundred Years War.

 

With the limited means of the time, the inhabitants used wood from the nearby forest of Touques as raw material and put their knowledge of shipbuilding into practice. Hence this remarkable all-wooden architecture in the shape of an upside-down double boat hull.

 

Opposite the church, the separate bell tower is a sturdy oak construction built over the bellringer's house. Annex of the Eugène Boudin Museum, it can be visited and presents religious works (sculptures, souvenirs of the Charities and the Notre-Dame de Grâce chapel).