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Eglise Sainte Radegonde, Poitiers

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The Church of Sainte-Radegonde is a medieval Roman Catholic church in Poitiers, France, dating from the 6th century. It takes its name from the Frankish queen and nun, Radegund, who was buried in the church. Considered a saint, the church became a place of pilgrimage by those devoted to her heavenly intercession. The current church, constructed from the 11th to 12th centuries, was built in a combination of Romanesque and Angevin Gothic architectural styles.HistoryThe church was established as a mortuary chapel in the 6th century to hold the remains of the nuns of St. Mary Abbey, later the Abbey of the Holy Cross, which had been founded in Poitiers by Radegund in 552 as the first monastery for women in the Frankish Empire. Due to its function, the chapel was built outside the city walls, which gave it its initial name, the Church of St. Mary outside the Walls (Sainte-Marie-hors-les-murs). Upon Radegund's death and subsequent burial there in 587, however, the chapel was renamed to be placed under her patronage.The remains of the saintly foundress were exhumed by order of Abbess Béliarde in 1012 for public veneration, and the entire church was rebuilt after a major fire in 1083. The reconstruction expanded the structure, including both a chevet and the foundations of a bell tower when it was dedicated in 1099. By this time, the chapel had become both a parish and collegiate church, staffed by a community of canons whose prior was appointed by the abbess.
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  • I particularly liked the chorus, murals, the organ and the history of Saint-Radegunde
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  • The most beautiful church in Poitiers two see not A Cathedral the tomb of Saint Radegund and its crypt and all the interior décor.
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  • Beautiful rich Church of the tomb of St. Radegonde. The history of this we were told by our guide, in a small room that has explanatory signs useful.
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  • Along with the not-so-far Notre Dame de la Grande, it still has beautiful colorfully painted interior.
  • This church is so remarkable! The single Gothic nave isn't any Siegel, but the Roman choir and a vast crypt, these are absolutely unique! There is also a sarcophagus with Saint Radegonde. Really worth visiting.

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