Come and discover the Saint-Pierre church of Beauchery and its 13th century choir, a true masterpiece unique in the Provinois!
The Saint-Pierre church of Beauchery-Saint-Martin, classified as a Historic Monument, is a true masterpiece combining Champagne, Burgundy and Île-de-France origins.
Built in the 11th century by the Counts of Champagne, it was extensively altered in the 13th and 14th centuries, including the reconstruction of the choir.
The last major works date from 1867, when the provinois architect Georges Presle rebuilt the top floor of the Roman tower, the new belfry and the large slate-covered spire.
From the outside, you can admire the architectural prowess of the church’s chevet: the lower part is polygonal, while the upper part is circular.
As you enter the church, you will discover a choir of perfect regularity and harmony, lit by nine large windows. As you move forward, you will pass under a first quadripartite vault, then a second sexpartite vault and finally an apse vault with eight compartments.
You will then notice other details such as the cleverly slanted walls below the high windows to optimise the lighting.
It is highly likely that a master builder using such complex procedures worked on cathedrals. This is why the church of Beauchery has this unique character in the Provinois and is a must-see…
Sources: based on Jacques MOULIN, “Beauchery Saint Martin, Eglise Saint Pierre”, pp 15-23, in Monuments de Seine et Marne, Congrès archéologique de France, Société Française d’Archéologie, 2015.
Schedules, Welcome conditions & Prices
• Visit by appointement.
For your safety, welcome conditions are specially set up:
• Direction of the visit respecting social distancing.
• Wearing of the mask is obligatory.
• Free entrance.
Rdv 3 rue de la Fontaine, 77560 Beauchery-Saint-Martin.
Contact for the visit: M. Michael Mouilleron
00 33 6 58 23 13 96
1 rue de la Fontaine (ancient presbytery facing the church).
Town Hall: 00 33 1 64 00 82 59
Opening on Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.