During our walk through Gerberoy, we had no choice but to make a stop to see the Church of San Pedro. It dates back to the eleventh centry, and it was destroyed during the Hundred Years War. However it was built back in the fifteenth century. Being pretty deteriorated due to the passage of time, it was restored between the years of 1997-1999. Although its exterior isn't perhaps the most beautiful part of the Picardie, inside there remains something i hadn´t seen in many years, being the closed banks. I have spent many days trying to remember where I've seen this in Spain, probably in some old church of Castile but not sure. Does anyone know where?.
It is one of the 100 most beautiful villages in France. We do not know the other 99 but we think that Gerberoy certainly earned a place in the rankings. Our tour began one afternoon when the sun was setting and the warm light of dusk enhanced the view. Gerberoy was named a city by King Philip Augustus in 1202 and was the location of attacks and sieges until the fifteenth century. A land of blood and misery where today you can breathe in complete tranquility. It has houses built in the seventeenth and eighteenth century which were built with clay, wood and they have brick and stone walls where hundreds of roses grow providing the nickname of the "People of the thousand Roses" and whose roses provide a variety of products such as soaps, creams etc. All that remains of the old restored castle is the entrance and a tower in ruins but the painter Henri Le Sidaner created a beautiful garden that served as inspiration for some of his paintings. Walking through its narrow cobbled streets you feel transported back to the medieval era while a few typical nineteenth century mansions bring you to a more recent past.