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Not much is left of the original seat of the de Créqui family. On the picure above (Copyright Michel Mauconduit, reproduced with permission), the ring of trees marks where the inner moat circled the castle, but the house on the photograph is of newer date. Only some remains of the moat tells us where the castle once stood. The original fortifications are described in "Sites fortifies des Créqui" (Lesage/Perreau 1991).

Crequi kirke

The present village church in Créquy is also of newer date (above, and in the bottom left corner of the eagle's view above). The memorial in the forground commemorates inhabitants of Créquy who gave their lives for France in the 20th Century's world wars.

The fortified house at Fressin-des-Sains

Fressin-des-Sains lies on the hill between the Crequy and Fressin valleys.

As in Créquy, only some small signs in the ground remain after what was once a fortified house. Where the sheep now graze, we can see traces of the moat that once surrounded this small fortress, situated on the hill between Créquy and Fressin.

Also in Torcy (see map above), there are remains of fortifications built by the de Créquys.

St. Martin's Church at Fressin

The construction of St. Martin's Church at Fressin was started by Jean IV de Créquy and his wife Jeanne de Roy, who are both buried in a chapel of their own inside the church.

Until the French revolution in 1789, there was a statue of Jean IV de Créqui and his wife on top of the tomb, but it was then ripped down by the angry revolutionaries. The stone on top of the tomb was hacked with metal sticks - the marks are still vividly present today. You can almost sense the atmosphere and picture the outraged crowd as people craved their revoltionary rights in this quiet chapel.

At the same time, most of the eight Coats-of-Arms carved in stone on the side of the tomb were destroyed. The Créqui Coat-of-Arms is relatively well preseved (bottom right), so one may believe that the revolutionary town people must still have had some good feeling for this blasson which is still used by the communities of Créqui and Fressin today.

In Fressin, the créquier is combined with an image of the ram from Jean V de Créqui's Order of the Golden Fleece.

Many things inside St. Martin's Church remind us of the church builders some 500 years ago.

Thus, one will find traces of the frieze which once went all around the walls approx. three-four metres above the floor, showing the Créquy Coat-of-Arms (below). It also appears on other place, like on this wall-column at the gallery in the back of the church where it has become a detail in the stone decorations (left). The area where the Coat-of-Arms appears is shown in darker detail.

A fire left the right part of the church ruined a couple of hundred years ago, and when re-constructed the community could not afford all the artistry from the older church.

Thus, one may find one interesting detail in the decorations of the arches, where the left side and the arch above the altar are highly decorated, while the arches on the right side of the church remain the same form, but without the decorations (left).

     


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