Photographer's Note

The church at Etretat used to belong to Fcamp Abbey. All that survives of the fine early 12th c. Romanesque edifice is the faade and the first six bays of the nave. The last two bays, the transept, with its lantern tower, and the chancel were rebuilt in a very elegant Gothic style in c. 1200.

The nave elevation is on two levels : large arcades communicating with the side aisles, and tall windows above a horizontal plain moulding. On the first level, powerful single cylinder columns, with mostly just rough cut capitals, support circular arches decorated with herringbone or embattled fret. The Romanesque part of the nave was originally not vaulted. The west front is beautiful but austere. Bounded by two flat buttresses, the gable end is bare but for the fine door, with arching decorated with various geometrical patterns around a tympanum added in 1866.

You can also read more about this church here (in French).

There are hundreds of of pictures here on TE of the famous cliffs, but this seems to be the first one of this beautiful church!

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Additional Photos by Gunnar Holmertz (saxo042) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3641 W: 198 N: 5663] (38078)
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