Église Saint-Léonard

Église Saint-Léonard, Honfleur

Église Saint-Léonard
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mouseHerts
Herts1,553 contributions
Beautiful frescos on the walls
Sep 2019
This is probably not as well known as St Catherine's, but it is an interesting church to visit. There are beautiful frescos on the walls and the painted ceilings are amazing. The tiles in the nave have been worn by years of use.
Written 27 September 2019
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Sharon M
Chaska, MN137 contributions
Pretty, old church
Sep 2019 • Friends
Lit a candle for my 91 year old mom.
Calm and peaceful church in Hon Fleur, France.
Lovely little harbor town.
Written 11 September 2019
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JaneS561
Jersey, UK24 contributions
Beautiful old church
Aug 2019
Eglise St Leonard is well worth a visit. It is not one of the prettiest churches you will find but it has a more "friendlier" feel than some.
Written 7 August 2019
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Aint_Life_Great
Huntsville, AL475 contributions
Beautiful old church
May 2019 • Couples
This is a beautiful old church a few blocks away from the harbor in Honfleur. She's been damaged and burnt over the years, and shows her scars, but she is a survivor and worth the short walk for a visit.
Written 19 July 2019
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255057Anne_Marie
Canberra, Australia83 contributions
Lovely old church
Jun 2019 • Couples
I visited this church as part of our general visit to Honfleur. It has less visitors than the cathedral but it is worth walking a bit further to have a look.
Written 7 June 2019
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson15,999 contributions
Still standing
Aug 2018 • Couples
Many times the church was badly damaged and burnt during the 100 years war with the English and also when the Huguenots vented their Protestant wrath. Rebuild, repair, re-envision, and forge ahead. Although a church is believed to have sat on this spot since 1186, the present incarnation is a mixture of styles (some with an Eastern flavor ala Orthodox; look at the tower) but it is mostly Gothic. The majority of the reconstruction took place between the 17th and 18th centuries.

St. Leonard is a really interesting saint who lived in the 500 AD timeframe. He converted in the late 400 AD era and asked the king if he could have the right to release prisoners as he saw fit. And he did. Chains miraculously burst, so say the spotty records of the time. He then became a hermit and prayed for the safe delivery of the King's wife who bore the king a son.

Today he is the patron saint of prisoners, women in labor (okay I can follow all that so far) and also he's the patron saint of cattle diseases (now I am befuddled).

The statues in the church show one of St. Roch (patron saint of communicable diseases like the plague) and also a statue of Joan of Arc. It has become like a contest for us to see how many churches we go into that have a statue and dedication to Saint Roch (Rocco in Venice).

The church interior is more modest and understated than other grand constructions we've seen throughout Europe but it is peaceful and the people are welcome to come and pray (doors are generally open). The surrounding neighborhood is such an attractive combination of the half-timber style done in beautiful colors and all has the distinctly Honfleur flavor.
Written 16 October 2018
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Richard G
Exeter, UK508 contributions
An attractive church
Oct 2018 • Couples
The original church on this site was destroyed in the 100 Years War. It was rebuilt in the late 15th and early 16th centuries and is absolutely typical of the period. The unusual tower, however, dates to the mid-18th century. The interior is cool and very peaceful.
Written 6 October 2018
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S B
Orlando, FL207 contributions
Interesting old church
Jun 2018 • Friends
I was fortunate to be walking in this area when I heard the bells and walked until I found the church. It was open so I was able to visit. It's a lovely old church and well worth a visit.
Written 9 June 2018
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OccasionalTraveler65
Dearborn, Michigan95 contributions
Beautiful and marvelously somber
May 2018 • Friends
A lovely huge church on a hill, within easy walking distance of the tourist center of Honfleur. There are marvelous paintings and windows.
Written 10 May 2018
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,518 contributions
Fantastic Facade
Apr 2018
The façade of the church and the first bay of the nave, date from the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th centuries while the intricately carved main entrance supports a magnificent octagonal bell-tower constructed in 1760. Worth a VISIT
Written 8 May 2018
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