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Îles Saint-Marcouf

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Saint-Marcouf - Saint-Marcouf

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Evening light on "Saint-Marcouf", the parish church of Saint-Marcouf, a small village near the Utah Beach, the westernmost of the landing beaches during the D-Day invasion of Normandy.

The church was erected within the 11th century, but got enlarged and altered about 200 years later. The church is dedicated to Saint Marcouf, a Bayeux-born missionary, who founded the abbey of de Nanteuil (aka "Nantus"), that existed upto about 1500 on a small island just off the coast and named today "Îles Saint-Marcouf". The Saint died on the island in 588. During medieval times Saint Marcouf was best known for the healing of scrofula.

Saint-Marcouf is erected over a crypt, that dates back to the first church of the 11th century. The windows of the crypt can be seen to the left. Of course, the church was locked, when the sun went down, but I could peep through the window.