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Church of Saint-Nicolas-de-Villiers-sur-Port: photo, description Eglise Saint-Nicolas de Villiers-sur-Port)

Church Saint-Nicolas is located about a kilometer from the sea. It is located in the district of Villiers-sur-port, and the Norman town of port-EN-Bessin-Open. This small old village, only in 1972 became part of the city. The Church itself is now in a dilapidated condition.

The Church, consecrated in honor of St. Nicholas, was built in the XII century in Romanesque style, but one hundred years later, was finished - the top floor of the temple, and an elegant bell tower with pointed spire was completed in the Gothic style. At the same time the Church itself was increased in size to the nave was added a small side chapel. Interestingly, this Church served as a chapel at the medieval castle of the XIII century, belonged to an ancient noble family de Filerow, and earlier on this place was even more ancient defensive structure, perhaps a small citadel.

In 1824 the village of Villiers-sur-Port lost its independence and became part of the big city Upena. Then the Church was abandoned because the parishioners preferred to go to larger city Church. The cemetery was destroyed and the bell tower was used as a pigeon house. Despite the fact that in 1876 the Church building has become a rich Marquis de Matane, the building eventually fell into disrepair, and held at the beginning of the XX century, restoration work was in vain. To restore this masterpiece of medieval religious architecture and failed. The best preserved parts of the choir, the southern portal of the Cathedral and virtually the entire bell tower with a truncated octagonal spire. Church plate, including the statue of St. Nicholas of the fourteenth century, was moved to St Andrew's Church (Saint-andré).

In 1922, the Church of Saint-Nicolas-de-Villiers-sur-port, and has been classified as a monument of history and culture of France, and from that moment she is under the protection of the state.