Eglise de St Denis d'Oléron

Church built in the 12th century, whose main interest lies in its façade.
Eglise de St Denis d'Oléron
Eglise de St Denis d'Oléron
Eglise de St Denis d'Oléron
Carte postale Façade église St Denis

Dates & opening times

Open all days from 02/01/2024 to 31/12/2024


The priory of Saint-Denis is mentioned in a charter of 1047, when Geoffroy Martel, Count of Anjou, then master of Saintonge, donated it to the abbey of Les Dames de Saintes.

Rebuilt in the 12th century under Eleanor of Aquitaine, the church was then fortified. Plundered and ravaged on numerous occasions by the Huguenots, the church was altered several times over the centuries.

The main interest of this monument lies in its Romanesque façade. The base, listed as a historic monument in 1896, is inspired by Gallo-Roman architectural techniques (geometrical motifs, rectangular daisies, foliage, filleted columns). Note the oculus above the portal.

Inside the church, the nave has preserved a number of ancient pillars, two of which still bear Romanesque capitals with plant motifs. In the south aisle, a display case houses a model of the 52-gun frigate "Le Napoléon".

The bell tower and side chapels were added in the 19th century.


Eglise de St Denis d'Oléron Rue Ernest Maurisset17650, Saint-Denis-d'OléronFrance



Village centre
Visit possible
Services for individual visits
Unguided individual tours available permanently
Services for group visits
Unguided group tours available permanently
Religious heritage
12th C


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