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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  • August 16, 2017
    Facing Fourvière from the other side of the Saône and enthroned in a neighborhood sandwiched between Bellecour and the Terreaux, this church is part of the most beautiful of the city. Maintained, majestic and full of charm, the place was built by craftsmen who was daring. Give special interest gargoyles and you will see that those above are not lacking of c... Be careful, you never know! Make a stop at St Nizier to contemplate this place safe from the Sun illuminating which dominates Lyon summer.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Different from other churches from the city worth a quick visit close enough to like de Terreaux deserves
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  • August 5, 2017
    This church has a beautiful facade. But in it we could not visit unfortunately. It was closed. What a pity!
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  • July 30, 2017
    amazing 19th century vitraux.
  • April 9, 2017
    Beautiful Gothic edifice with a rich history. Now in the care of the Emmanuel Community, so the liturgies are vibrant and enriching.
  • September 4, 2016
    Super
  • April 18, 2015
    Elegant!
  • September 4, 2017
    A beautiful church, fabulous songs and mass worthy of a president. I love, and I urge you to go there at least once...
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