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Basilica of St. Martin, Tours

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Basilica of St. Martin is a Roman Catholic basilica dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours, on whose tomb it was built. It is located in Tours, France.It was built to replace an earlier basilica, built in the Middle Ages and thoroughly demolished during the French Revolution (see Martin of Tours#The shrine and the devotion).The basilica was built between 1886 and 1924 by French architect Victor Laloux in a neo-Byzantine style, on part of the site of the original Basilica which was repurchased by the Church. It was dedicated July 4, 1925.
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  • In honour of St Martin, the Basilica is certainly worth visiting. The Interior was swarming with world during our visit. Young people (scouts probably) supervised by nuns dressed were going around, studious. I am surprised by the very educational panels, placed all around the Basilica, inviting the viewer tourist to enter in direct relation with religion... How can we be so gullible? In the crypt, the last little box remained closed, the assumptions we suggest that it contains the relics of three saints tourangeaux.
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  • Beautiful Basilica currently under restoration. Nice dome. Possibility to visit the crypt. See, close to the historic district of towers.
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  • Towers celebrates this year the 1700 years of St Martin, iconic character symbolizing the sharing with the needy, Bishop despite himself, founder of the Abbey of Marmoutier. Countless cities, villages, churches are named or are dedicated to him, is the most popular surname, and its popularity is such that he is still revered in the world. The old basilica was destroyed during the revolution, only the Charlemagne Tower and the clock tower that can be seen not far, remain. The new Basilica (1885-1924) in limestone, granite and marble, stone sizes, is unquestionably of romano-byzantine type. Its Renaissance dome can be seen from afar with the imposing statue of the saint over the city. In restoration now, visits are not embarrassed and it would be a pity to miss such a gem because actually expected not to such a marvel before accessing. We immediately note that the vessels are not vaulted but full-bodied, the light surprises. We have an immediate impression of elevation as the chorus is elevated since the crypt is located just underneath. A crypt that houses a reconstruction of the tomb of saint Martin. Take the time to admire the capitals neoromans, Frisia scrollwork that runs along the nave, the murals, the canopy on including the life of saint Martin, stained glass and sculptures all sobriety. Also take the time to enjoy the serenity which emerges from this place harmony of shapes and colors.
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  • I was more interested in the historical remnants than in the 19th century material, but still there is something of the former, although almost overwhelmed by the latter.
  • Memorial Place
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  • Beautiful, impressive. In the crypt is buried one of the most famous saints of Christendom.
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  • An example of military life in the nascent Holiness, Martin could bear testimony to the riders of the pride and other minions of gods Avengers and warriors of God, regardless of its name, is love. He is love because he is creator, so Etymologically it gives life. How could - it kill his own creature, although sinful, since love is mercy and always hope the best of his creature? Until the end.
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