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Saint Catherine's Church

Rue des Logettes, Honfleur, France
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Honfleur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Religious Sites
Description: This famous 15th-century cathedral is the largest surviving wooden church in France.
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Église Ste-Catherine, or Church of Saint Catherine, was a must see on our stay in Honfleur. Its unique wooden exterior tempts you to investigate the interior. As well as the need for an explanation as to why the steeple was located adjacent to, instead of attached to, the roof of the church? However, our early morning visit proved to be... More

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Lawrenceville, Ga
12 reviews 12 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Can not believe that such a church still stands! Just incredible history! The wooden beams are amazing!

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Perth, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

This unique building constructed by shipwrights, mainly of timber (note the ceilings of the naves resembling the innards of an upturned boat supported by massive beams) has dedications to seafarers set along the walls and is bedecked with colourful small flags strung from the beams across the ceiling Would have liked to have experienced the violin and organ recitals recounted... More

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San Francisco
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141 reviews 141 reviews
81 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This church dedicated to Sainte Catherine of Alexandria is all made out of wood and looks like two ships turned upside down. The pipe visited here . There are statues of Catherine and Stephan.

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Oakville, Ontario
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164 reviews 164 reviews
81 attraction reviews
285 helpful votes 285 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Having visited countless churches and cathedrals in France, this church was an interesting change and reflected the seafaring culture of the community it served. I loved the open feeling and the high wooden beams. I agree with the previous posters that it is, indeed, worth a look. It was one of the few churches I visited in France that gave... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Saint Catherine's Church has a very long history. It is Church built out of wood with a Bell Tower that is across the street from the church. It is lovely to walk inside and it is very near to the harbor which you won't want to miss. Go in, light a candle.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Mostly a wooden structure constructed, primarily, by shipbuilders. Thus, the ceiling looks like the lower part of a wooden ship, although upside-down. This church has been a part of the community for a long time...............undoubtedly there have been thousands of memorial services for men lost at sea............the walls of this building contain many, many stories..............probably a good history of this... More

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

You don't see a lot of wooden churches in Europe, so this one is definitely worth a visit. The bell ringer's home across the street from the church is interesting, but not really worth the entry fee.

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Rossendale, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The church is set in a square just a minutes walk from the harbour.we were lucky enough to visit when a violinist was playing which added to the wonderful atmosphere. The church bells are housed in a separate building just opposite

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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I heard an organ concert in this beautiful wooden church and need forgot it. Somehow the wood of the building lends emotional warmth to visitors. I was brought to tears by its beauty. A must!

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