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The belfry of St Pierre

ⓒRebecca Bugge, All Rights Reserved

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St Pierre of Hermanville-sur-mer dated back to the 11th century (the bell tower is 12th century and the choir 14th century - but it's not unusual for a church to be redone from time to time throughout history, and the original Romanesque feeling is still very present).

 

It is also of interest for the events of 1944.

 

To quote the plaque on the wall on the church:

'At midday on the 14th June 1944

the BBC recorded and broadcast

the sound of two bells of this belfry

the third having been hit by a

shell.

On the 18th June 1944

in this same church the first mass

in liberated territory was celebrated.

This mass was broadcast by the BBC

to the world to whom it brought a

message of encouragement and hope.'

 

This plaque was offered not by the BBC (in spite of the wording) but the 3rd British Infantry division that had liberated Hermannsville-sur-mer on the 6th June 1944.

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Taken on May 18, 2011