Saint-Riquier and its heritage
© Yazid Medmoun - Conseil général de la Somme
Gallo-Roman Centule, today known as St. Riquier, is the gateway to the Picardy coast. Located on the slopes of the Scardon Valley, the town takes its name from the Saint - hermit Richarius, who evangelized Ponthieu - the name of the local area - in the 7th century. Thanks to Charlemagne, the abbey reached its peak during the Carolingian period, during which it became one of the largest religious, cultural and intellectual centers in Europe.
Destroyed several times over the centuries but always rebuilt, the abbey contributed greatly to the development of the Ponthieu region, and was later responsible for the settlement of the city and port of Abbeville: literally, the city of abbots.
St. Riquier is a living testament to its rich history, through its various monuments, such as the abbey, Hotel-Dieu and its baroque chapel, as well as the Napoleon house or 12th century belfry, making this one of France's oldest towns.