Pontorson (Manche)

Once Normandy won over to the Reformation, it was to be a region with a dense Protestant population throughout the 16th century. The noble Huguenot family of Montgomery owned the Pontorson fief.

A temple spared during the 17th century campaigns of destruction

  • The temple of Pontorson, 17th (Manche) © S.H.P.F.

The Pontorson place of worship was on the the Montgomery-Lorge grounds. The edifice may initially have been a tithe-barn in which windows were opened, and the building transformed into a temple.

Built before the Edict of Nantes in 1598, it was to be officially used as a temple until 1625. It was then closed under the pressure of the Catholics and used as a store. It was never to be used again as a temple. It was recently bought by the city, protected as a national trust building and managed by an Association to safeguard the Pontorson place of worship.

Pontorson (Manche)

Associated notes

  • The Edict of Nantes (1598)

    This was Henri IV’s major achievement : the terms of this edict ensured the peaceful coexistence of Catholics and Protestants and brought a stop to all hostilities in France after 36 years...