Saint-Bonaventure, Lyon

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The Église Saint-Bonaventure is one of the churches of the quarter Presqu'île, located on the Place des Cordeliers, in the 2nd arrondissement of Lyon. This is the only medieval building not demolished after the creation of the rue Impériale (now rue de la République), under the Second Empire by the prefect Claude-Marius Vaïsse.HistoryThe church's history, now known under the name of St. Bonaventure, is intimately related to the convent of the Cordeliers whose it was a part.To meet the needs of the community of Franciscan monks, named Cordeliers, installed at this place since the seneschal Grolée bequeathed them a space for the installation of their convent, the construction of a bigger church was decided by Jacques de Grolée, grand son of the seneschal, to overcome the narrowness of the first church convent, showed when the crowd was gathered at ceremonies for the Cardinal Bonaventure's death, on the night of 14 and 15 July 1274, at the age of 57.The new church was oriented towards the south, which is rare at the time.The church was built in just two years between 1325 and 1327. It housed the remains of Jacques de Grolée, died on 4 May 1327, which is under the high altar, before being moved somewhere near the epistle in 1599. The church was consecrated on 18 September 1328 by the archbishop of Lyon, Pierre IV of Savoy, under the name of St. Francis of Assisi.Unlike the Église Saint-Nizier (Lyon), the church of Cordeliers became the seat of the brotherhoods. The church was expanded from 1471 to 1484 and was then named Saint-Bonaventure.
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  • Difficult to ignore the modern church environment, but if we do, and that you replace in the 14th century, this building and enjoy its calm inside.
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  • Like all the churches of Lyon also this is beautiful but dark. In need of some restoration/cleaning to give light
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  • Sanctuary less popular but it deserves a visit or a photo. It is also in the Center, in a Hard Rock Cafe.
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