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Eglise Saint-Hilaire

1366000972 - Historic site and monument ,  Listed or registered (CNMHS) ,  Classical ,  Church in Givet

  • The church is situated on the "Place Carnot" in the heart of the town.

    The "Fausse Porte" street has the particularity of passing under the chancel of the religious edifice, through a beautiful stone archway.

    You may not be familiar with Victor Hugo's text written in 1838 in which he gently mocks the bell tower of the Saint-Hilaire church:
    "The brave architect took a square priest's or lawyer's cap. On this square cap, he has built an upside down salad bowl; on the bottom of this bowl,...
    The church is situated on the "Place Carnot" in the heart of the town.

    The "Fausse Porte" street has the particularity of passing under the chancel of the religious edifice, through a beautiful stone archway.

    You may not be familiar with Victor Hugo's text written in 1838 in which he gently mocks the bell tower of the Saint-Hilaire church:
    "The brave architect took a square priest's or lawyer's cap. On this square cap, he has built an upside down salad bowl; on the bottom of this bowl, which has become a platform, he has placed a sugar bowl, a bottle on the sugar bowl, a bottle, on the bottle, a sun fitted into the neck by the lower vertical beam; and finally, on the sun, a rooster skewered in the upper vertical beam. Assuming that it took him one day to come up with each of these ideas, he will have rested on the seventh day. This artist must have been Flemish".

    Free access - Rue Saint-Hilaire - left bank