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The church of Saint Laurent des Trois Rivières

Located in the heart of the village, the Church of St. Lawrence des Trois Rivières reveals its great past.

During your short stay in Châtel-sur-Moselle, you cannot miss the church of Saint Laurent des Trois Rivières, whose simple and harmonious silhouette dominates the upper parts of the village. This church overlooks the Town Hall square which is only a few steps from the fortress and the Moselle River.

The thin high steeple is set on an elegant round tower. Walk up the steps, south of the church to find the entrance where two identical doors are over looked by a vaulted porch with gothic mouldings.

Let’s visit the inside !

Inside, enjoy an airy space with vaults 10 metres high, simple, but refined. The nave is spacious and surrounded by pillars, with octagonal bases which in going upwards are transformed into cylinders thanks to two superimposed tori. In the middle of the church, you have a lateral view of the building and discover that, from one pillar to the other, a moulded archway rises to capture the outside light. The latter crosses the high windows with bright and flamboyant orange tinted motifs.

Look up and see the vaults and ribs intertwining which evokes a graceful palm tree. At the end of the church, in the five-sided Choir, a star shape vault with seven branches is depicted on the ceiling, emblem of the star of the Three Wise Kings. All these vaults eventually fall back on the columns and pillars, which dot the church of Saint Laurent des Trois Rivières.

The furniture has no great artistic value but there are many nooks which are illuminated by the large red and orange stained glass windows revealing to your eyes statues dating back to the 16th century, including the Vierge de la Pitié (Virgin of the Pietà) which is classified as an item of Historic Interest.

As you leave, do not miss the two columns sculpted with characters at their base which evokes once again the new flamboyant Gothic style.