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Saint Catherine's Church
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Private Tour: Honfleur, Deauville and Trouville Day Trip from Caen
Ranked #2 of 44 things to do in Honfleur
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Owner description: This famous 15th-century cathedral is the largest surviving wooden church in France.
los angeles, CA
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

A big, beautiful wooden church, perhaps 400 years old. Gorgeous, simple architecture. The old bell is in a venerable wooden structure right across the street and chimes the hour as it has for centuries. Good music at the mass, too.

Visited September 2012
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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“A Must-See in Honfleur”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

This very special church is the oldest wooden church in France and was built soon after the Hundred Years War. From inside, the ceiling looks like two upside-down ship's hulls positioned side by side. The bell tower is separate from the church so that if it was hit by lightning, the church wouldn't burn down. There is so much character in this old church that is so different from all of the gothic stone cathedrals seen throughout France. The church is located near the Vieux Port and all of the art galleries and is a must-see when you are wandering through the incredibly picturesque town of Honfleur.

Visited August 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 650 helpful votes
“Old and beautiful”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

Built in the 15th century and is considered the biggest wooden church in France. The bells are located nearby in its very own bell tower, as the bells would have been too heavy for the church to support. It's very quint as the rest of this beautiful town.

Visited August 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Unusual Structure”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

Deaparting from the usual stone and brick structure, St. Catherines is built primarily of wood in the shape of an upturned boat - apparently built by unemployed shipwrights of the time? Very atmospheric, especially when there is a service taking place. Also unusual in having the bell tower across the road separate from the church itself. Worth a visit.

Visited May 2012
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Cedar Falls, IA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Cool Church”
Reviewed August 7, 2012

This old church was really cool- I don't know how its still standing after all these years made of sticks and wood. A little disappointing- they promoted a concert on a Sunday evening at 9pm- we waited for it- only to find that they were charging about $20 each for a concert featuring five instruments- We weren't the only ones I saw turning away from the door- And the price wasn't listed anywhere on the poster advertising it.

Visited July 2012
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