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Visiting the "other" church.
Many people walk past here without noticing the parish church of St Peter, on their way up the steps of the main street to the Abbey. But is worth a few minutes of your time. Built in the 11th c it was the first church for Montois, but has been severely remodeled in the 15thand 16th c. Outside the main porch is a statue of Joan of Arc guarding the church as she is the patron saint of the parish. Inside you'll find a statue of Sainte Anne reading to Mary and you'll notice because of the slope of the hill, the main altar is not centred but off to the left. There is of course a replica of Saint Michel killing the dragon created in 1877 in silver and placed in its niche in 1895.
Eglise St Pierre
This is the parish church which is situated on La Grande Rue amongst the shops and restaurants. It is in vast contrast to the Abbey but quite delightful in its own right.
The church is built on foundations which date back to the 11th century but has had many changes over the centuries.
It is dedicated to St Peter but there is little evidence of this within the church which features, in a very prominent side altar, a beautiful silver statue of St Michael, the Archangel. There is also a wonderful Marian alcove where you can light a candle. Guarding the front door is an impressive statue of St Jeanne d'Arc.
The church is situated next to the small parish cemetery.
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The Parish Church
The climb to the abbey is hard, you will have climbed no fewer than 900 steps, but it's worth it. Halfway up Grande-Rue is the medieval parish church of St-Pierre, which features a richly carved side chapel with its dramatic statue of St. Michael slaying the dragon.
2. The Parish church
The Parish Church, consecrated to St Pierre, the patron saint of fishermen, is a small edifice from the 15th and 16th centuries. This medieval church features a richly carved side chapel with its statue of St. Michel slaying the dragon. (No photo, it was too dark)
- from Easter to the 1st of November : mass is celebrated every day at 11am ; on saturday at 11am and 06 pm (in July and August, other mass on sunday at 06pm)
- the rest of the year : mass at 11am on sunday, on thursday and on the first tuesday of the month ; on saturday, mass at 11am and 06pm.
The climb to the church is hard but it's worth it. The Grand Degré, just after, a steep, narrow staircase, leads to the abbey entrance.
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