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Eglise Saint Nizier, Lyon

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The Church of Saint-Nizier is a church in the Presqu'ile district of Lyon, France, in the 2nd arrondissement, between the Place des Terreaux and the Place des Jacobins. Its name refers to Nicetius of Lyon, a bishop of the city during the 6th century.HistoryThe first religious building on the site of the present church was a Roman monument, perhaps a temple of Attis, whose worship was probably the cause of the Christian persecution in Lyon from 177. In the 5th century, according to tradition, Eucherius of Lyon, 19th bishop of Lyon, built on the ruins of the building a basilica to contain the relics of the martyrs in Lyon, tortured in 177. The church received the name "Church of Holy Apostles". In the 6th century, the bishops were buried in the church, particularly Nicetius of Lyon, the 28th bishop. The body of the latter attracted a crowd and his presumed great miracles led the church to take his name.Saint Austregisilus was abbot here during the 7th century.In the early 8th century, the church has been ravaged by the Saracens and by Charles Martel. It was rebuilt in the 9th century, at the behest of the bishop Leidrade. Peter Waldo, in the 13th century, was a parishioner. His disciples, shocked by the wealth of the church, even set fire in 1253.
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  • This huge church squeezed between next buildings faces a lovely tiny square and is visible from the Old City embankment. It seems that tradesmen decided to build the church bigger than the city cathed...  more »
  • Saint Nizier can be visited with a guide every Saturday at 3 pm, but otherwise you can enjoy the panels well documented. It's a beautiful building, very much alive, feels driven by the life of prayer since the beginning of the Christian era. The crypt, welcomed Saint Pothinus in the second century.
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  • Visited at the last day in Lyon. I really enjoyed the architecture and the interior ambiance.I admired the vitrail works as well as the woodwork.  more »
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  • Beautiful Gothic edifice with a rich history. Now in the care of the Emmanuel Community, so the liturgies are vibrant and enriching.
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  • Another one of the beautifully decorated churches. You can see that the Church had a lot of money. But to honor them is that today is the entrance into most churches and cathedrals for free and can therefore enjoy the art of previous generations. Therefore, apart from the exceptions.
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  • Splendid, this parish deserves that we be there order.
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Lyon’s nine districts surround the two major rivers running through the city: the Rhône and the Saône. The most scenic districts are Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon) and La Croix Rousse, where the city’s historic sites are located. Lodging in these areas is walking distance to these sites. Near the breathtaking Parc de la Tête, the Tête D’Or district offers a quieter option away from the city center.
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