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090 Église Saint-Pierre de Vesly

Église Saint-Pierre de Vesly is a large and beautiful 13th century Gothic church located in the town of Vesly. It was built on the site of a Merovingian necropolis. 098 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyThe reconstruction of the church after World War II led to the discovery of many sarcophagi underneath the foundations which show that Vesly was an important town with many influential people during the Merovingian and Carolingian times. Another cemetery of several sarcophagi is the necropolis that existed around the chapel of the Virgin located 300 meters north of the church. The church is cruciform with two side aisles but no ambulatory. 093 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyThe transept however is very prominent and is marked with a triumphal arch above which is mounted an 18th century crucifix. 103 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyTo the right of the arch is the wooden pulpit which dates from the 1720s. 104 Église Saint-Pierre de Vesly094 Église Saint-Pierre de Vesly095 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyThe nave and transept are 13th century as is the lower part of the bell tower.  Be sure to check out the decorative heads along the nave.  It is thought that these were once part of some vaulting that is now missing.  117 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyOutside, along the bell tower are some interesting corbels too that display some grotesque faces. 116 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyIn 1472 the western porch was added and above the door is the following inscription: "The year of our Lord one thousand four hundred seventy-two this portal was made by and donated by nobleman Pierre Le Poupet. In his lifetime Lord of Besneville. God grant him paradise. Amen.” 096 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyThe west facade is illuminated by two, arched lancet windows topped by an oculus. These lancets are the oldest element of the church and date from the early 13th century. The oculus however is from the 15th. 100 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyOn the left of the main portal is the baptismal font made from limestone from Valognes as well as a Gothic style lectern. 097 Ste-Walburge, Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyTo the right of the main portal is the 16th century statue of Sainte-Walburge. This saint was widely venerated in the region and was invoked especially by mothers of sick children as well as sailors or those suffering from hydrophobia. 101 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyThe arcades of five bays of the nave are supported by squat cylindrical columns that rest on square bases. 102 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslySome of them have Latin inscriptions from the 1600s. 105 David, Église Saint-Pierre de Vesly107a Église Saint-Pierre de Vesly107 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyIn the choir are six Renaissance style corbels which represent the four evangelists as well as the prophet Isaiah and King David. 108 St-Nicolas, Église Saint-Pierre de Vesly109 St-Sebastien, Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyOn either side of the main altar are two 18th century statues in polychrome wood of Saint-Nicolas and Saint-Sébastien. 111 Église Saint-Pierre de Vesly112 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyThe stained glass was placed in the church during restorations after World War II and were designed by master glassmaker Hubert de Sainte-Marie. There is a small tower along the southern wall which makes up part of the transept. 114 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyI can’t find any information about it but I’m pretty sure it is very old too. 092 Église Saint-Pierre de VeslyIt even has some writing (which I can't make out) above one of the small lancet windows.

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