Parish Church Saint-Étienne, French Heritage monument to Pepieux

Single five-nave plan spans covered initially a wooden frame on arcs diaphragms and lined with side chapels erected later, the Church was completed with a bedside tripartite, consisting of a pentagonal apse established after a span of chorus, and two square apses which the confined and open on the choir and the nave. The Bell Tower was built on the first Bay of the nave, and is served by an outside staircase. The western façade shows the changes but the entry is practiced in the north portal surmounted by a gable, surrounded by pinnacles. Of long Lancet Windows are open in the choir and the South lateral wall while those in the North lateral wall have been sealed during the construction of the side chapels. The "ecclesia de Pipianis" is mentioned in 1142, it was dedicated to the Invention of Saint-Etienne and stood outside until the 19th century. In 1232, she was a priest of the diocese of Narbonne and in 1274, Archbishop Pierre de Montbrun gave the Church and its revenues to the cathedral chapter mense. It was certainly rebuilt in the 2nd quarter of the 14th century, since it was completed in 1355, when the village and the Church were burned by the Black Prince. The Archbishop of Narbonne granted by a 1356 deed to trees in the woods of Quillan, in all likelihood to rebuild the beams. A fragment of the altar bears the date of 1546, but it can be the date of completion of the building. The tower was repaired and raised in 1565. The upper part and the arrow are rebuilt in 1865. In 1896, the nave is covered with false vaults, the South Windows of the nave exhaussees and cheese, a new sacristy built.

Source: Ministry of Culture, France

Parish Church Saint-Étienne

Reported to be remarkable heritage of quality.

Structural information

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Location and general information

  • identifier : 9891
  • item : église paroissiale Saint-Etienne
  • Location of the building :
    • Languedoc-Roussillon
    • Pépieux
  • Address : rue des Cathares
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 11280
  • Zip code of the municipality : 11700
  • Order in the communal list : 4
  • Name of the building : The building is designated by the following 2 names :
    • church
    • parish church
  • State :
    • the current state of the monument is not known.

Dates and times

  • Period of construction : 2 different epochs of evolution of the building.
    • 14th century
    • 2nd quarter 14th century
  • Investigation : 1999
  • Date of protection : 1927/04/26 : classé MH
  • Date taken into account : 2002/10/04

Construction, architecture and style

  • Materials: 2 elements are used in the main structure of the building.
    • average unit
    • sandstone
  • Roofing : Coverage of this building is varied there are 4 different types :
    • roof with long tails
    • rump
    • polygonal hipped
    • roof
  • Materials (roofing) :
    • the main material of this building is hollow tile
  • Other about the composition roofs : 2 modes of coverage are listed
    • ribbed vault
    • false ribbed vault
  • Floors :
    • floor type : 1 vessel
  • Stairs : 3 types of stairs have been cataloged in this monument, stairs are of type :
    • spiral staircase
    • spiral staircase without a day
    • staircase off-work
  • Decoration of the building :
    • The decor consists of 'sculpture'
  • Representation : 3 ornamental motifs have been identified
    • ornamental plant
    • animal ornament
    • featured ornament
  • Typology : The typology consists of 3 elements
    • church with a single nave covered originally a wooden frame apparent
    • bedside tripartite closer and lower chapels on a square
    • tower on a square plan.
  • Plan :
    • Plan Type 'elongated plane'

Monument and history of the place

  • Interest of the building : portail à pinacles surmonté d'un gâble; chevet tripartite, nef couverte d'une charpente en bois apparente, clocher carré, sculpture fantastique, portail
  • Elements protected MH (historical monument) :
    • Any particular element of the building is subject to protection in our database.
  • Constituent areas :
    • no information.
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use :
    • We do not know the different uses that have been made of this construction.


  • Other : 2 various other information are available
    • capitals and Red foliage or adorned with real or fantastic animal
    • lateral areas of the keys of vault owned by the municipality
  • Author of the survey MH : Béa Adeline
  • Mérimée reference : IA11000030

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