Paroisse Catholique Saint Martin d'Ainay, Lyon

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The Basilica of Saint-Martin d'Ainay is a Romanesque church in Ainay in the Presqu'île district in the historic centre of Lyon, FranceHistoryLegendLegendary origins of a remarkably large church, which may once have stood on this site, are noted by Gregory of Tours and may be connected to the account of Eusebius, in his Historia Ecclesiae, of the martyrdom of Blandina, the young girl among 48 Christians fed to lions by the Romans in 177 in Lyon's amphitheatre. The lions refused to eat her, according to Eusebius: she and the others were martyred nevertheless. Their bones were burnt, thrown into the river, and washed up downstream where the surviving Christians of the community buried them secretly beneath the altar of what Gregory calls a "basilica of remarkable magnitude." Other candidates for the martyrs' basilica site include the Church of Saint Nizier, upstream, and Lyon Cathedral across the Saône.Ainay AbbeyA Benedictine priory was founded on the Lyon peninsula in 859. When later it was raised to the rank of an abbey, major building works began: the abbey church was built at the end of the 11th century under Abbot Gaucerand, consecrated on 29 January 1107 and dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours by Pope Pascal II. This church is today one of the Romanesque churches still extant in Lyon.
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  • July 30, 2017
    Located in the historic centre. Read Blandina's martyrdom. The lions refused to eat her in the amphithetre. Edifice romanesque mixed with gothic. Restrained but with immense strength. Massive walls. D...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    All amazing novel ' one of the most beautiful in the world dive into the heart of Catholicism in Lyon in the neighborhood calm of ainay next to the Abel or was shot the watchmaker of Saint Paul this church at the old location until 1840 of the confluence of the RHONE and of the Saône is vibrant with testimonials exceptional Romanesque architecture all around the main building of the Crusades. Don't need to be religious to be touch by this piece of architecture and all the beautiful history but often tragic which is associated with.
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  • June 26, 2017
    This church, which was consecrated in 1107 AD, is stunning. Wonderful architecture and beautiful stained glass. Got there in the middle of mass, which filled the church, so I left until mass was over ...  more »
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  • July 18, 2017
    Beautiful church, especially night even more with a cinema canvas stretched in front! "Everybody out" thanks
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  • June 25, 2017
    Conducive to the BU... Beautiful building
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  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful church in the center of the peninsula
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  • October 20, 2016
    A small beautiful Abbey, all cute and very clean well hidden in the 2nd District.
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  • April 9, 2017
    Very beautiful monument, especially at night
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