La Basilique Saint Martin d'Ainay
Place d'Ainay CURE : 11 rue Bourgelat, Lyon, France
La Basilique Saint Martin d'Ainay Lyon Reviews
11th century Basilica & Abbey in Lyon Mar 02, 2016
This Romanesque church in the Ainay district of Lyon dates to the 11th century and built on the site of a 4th century Benedictine Abbey. An Abbot named Gaucerand led the transformation of site to reconstruct and modernize it into a Basilica & Abbey. The Bishop of Lyon, Aurelian, was in on this too and brought in monks from Bonneval, along with their relics of Saint Martin (316-397), who is one of the patron saints of France. So, the Basilica/Abbey became Saint Martin d'Ainay.
Apparently there has been a good deal of additional construction over the centuries, early 14th century, mid 16th century, and late 18th century as a result of the usual human revolutions & wars that damaged it. In the 19th century it was in a poor state and then restored to its original glory, and that is how it appears today. I did not have a chance to go inside this place as I visited at night, but looks worth checking out. Enjoy some night shots of the place. Thanks to Bernard (Bernard69) for bringing me here for a night visit to take some photos.
Here's a website with some historical photos and description (in French): http://www.patrimoine-lyon.org/index.php?lyon=la-basilique-d-ainay
Part of the Lyonescence Part Deux (Feb 26 - Mar 4, 2016) travel blog
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