Beaumont-lès-Valence (Drôme)

Since the city of Valence was never was given the right to hold services, the Protestants gathered for worship east of Valence, in Beaumont-lès-Valence.

The Beaumont Church was in turns a Catholic one and a Protestant one, nowadays it is both

  • Partie protestante du temple de Beaumont-lès-Valence (Drôme)
    Beaumont-lès-Valence (Drôme), Protestant side © M. Chalamet

The original church was built in the 15th century for the Benedictine. From the early days of the Reformation, it was used as a temple.

In 1562, the Baron des Adrets, François de Beaumont, looted and burned down the sanctuary. The Protestants then built a new temple.

After the Edict of Nantes in 1598, the Benedictine church was given back to the Catholics. In 1665 the roof and steeple collapsed. In 1716, it was used as a “Desert” worship place.

Shared by two faiths

  • Beaumont-lès-Valence (Drôme), Catholic side © M. Chalamet

After the Revolution and the Concordat in 1806, the edifice was awarded to the Protestants and the Catholics under the simultaneum principle. A wall partitioned the church in two, the choir and apse being attributed to the Catholics, the nave and portal to the Protestants.

Such is the present-day situation.

Beaumont-lès-Valence (Drôme)


Itinerary to this location


  • Books
    • DUBIEF Henri et POUJOL Jacques, La France protestante, Histoire et Lieux de mémoire, Max Chaleil éditeur, Montpellier, 1992, rééd. 2006, p. 450
    • LAURENT René, Promenade à travers les temples de France, Les Presses du Languedoc, Millau, 1996, p. 520
    • REYMOND Bernard, L’architecture religieuse des protestants, Labor et Fides, Genève, 1996

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