Église Saint-Pierre

What you need to know about this church

Église Saint-Pierre-lès-Franqueville

Where to find this church

Church Information

Église Saint-Pierre is located in Saint-Pierre-lès-Franqueville, a small village with 48 inhabitants about 8  km south-west of the town of Vervins in the Département Aisne in the région Hauts-de-France.

A key is available via the mayor (see link below)

This church was listed as a historical monument in 1989

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Saint-Pierre-lès-Franqueville Église Saint-Pierre
Church from north-west

Visiting Église Saint-Pierre

The church of Saint-Pierre-les-Franqueville was built in the 16th century and still looks almost unchanged today, apart from a façade restoration in 1680. The building is one of the fortified churches that were built from scratch. Only the beautiful Romanesque portal is made of superimposed stones, which may have come from an original church.

As with the neighbouring fortified church in Franqueville, there is no keep or defensive towers here, but there is a massive, four-storey bell tower with beautiful buttresses with roofing.

The fortifications are inconspicuous, apart from some embrasures in the nave, the bell tower and the choir. There are also two bricked-up windows on the side of the bell tower, which were probably once used to bring light to the upper floors.

Right next to the church is a very pretty and well-maintained former washhouse.

The church is normally locked, but you can get a key via the mayor’s office. During our Easter tour in 2024, Madame Briand opened the church to us and even gave me the opportunity to climb into the tower. Thank you once again for that!

Church from south-west