When visitors do day trips throughout Normandy, they sometimes have the good fortune to go through the town of Yvetot. Its ‘claim to fame’ is certainly the stained glass at Eglise Saint-Pierre d’Yvetot. It is said to have the largest stained glass window in Europe.
If the stained glass windows at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris impress you, the stained glass at Eglise Saint-Pierre d’Yvetot will impress you as well and its certainly worth a visit if you are visiting Etretat and the surrounding area.
Location of Yvetot
Yvetot is located 50 minutes west of Etretat. I made the journey there on my way to Allouville to see Le Chêne d’Allouville, the famous oak tree from the 1600s that has two chapels inside the trunk. It is a small town with only 12,000 inhabitants (Year: 2015) yet it does have a main street with numerous stores, cafes, and restaurants.
The town was noted for its cotton spinning and production of fabrics but much of the town was destroyed during World War 2, including the original Eglise Saint-Pierre d’Yvetot built in the 18th century. After the war, much effort was put into rebuilding the town including the construction of a new church with the same name in 1956.
Stained Glass At Eglise Saint-Pierre d’Yvetot
The church, Eglise Saint-Pierre d’Yvetot, is in the centre of town and the construction of the circular design by architect, Yves Marchand took 7 years to build. The stained glass with its contemporary design was created by Max Ingrand.
Ingrand was a French glassmaker who has done the decorations or stained glass windows of numerous churches, hotels, and buildings throughout the world, including the stained glass windows at Saint-Hubert chapel at Château d’Amboise (where Leonardo da Vinci is buried) as well as the dome’s stained glass in the Washington (DC) cathedral.
The church’s stained glass window covers an area of 1046 square meters. The religious depictions are done in vivid colours and they tell the story of the Saints of Normandy with images of Christ with St. Peter, the apostles, bishops, and the Virgin Mary.
When you’re in Normandy, sure to check out some of the highlights in Etretat:
- Where to see the best Bastille Day fireworks in Normandy
- Two Of The Best Ways to See The Cliffs At Etretat
- Don’t Miss These Hidden Gardens In Etretat (Jardins d’Etretat)
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