1 Rue Saint-Nizier, Lyon, France
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Saint-Nizier Church Lyon Reviews
One of the oldest churches in Lyon Mar 02, 2016
This church has origins which date to the 2nd century (~177 AD), so legend says, and built on the site of a Roman monument. In the 6th century it was named after Saint Nizier (513-573), an Archbishop of Lyon. The city of Lyon was still called Lugdunum then, the Roman name for the original settlement. Not much is known about this original church, and it was damaged by Saracen attacks in the 8th century. The church as it appears today was constructed from the 14th to 16th centuries, giving it a mostly gothic appearance. It suffered some damage in the late 16th century during the religious wars between Catholics and Protestants and then again in the late 18th century during the French Revolution. Restoration took place over the course of the 19th century and gives it the appearance as seen today.
I did not have a chance to go inside this place as I visited at night, but looks worth checking out. The place goes back to the early days of Christianity, making it one of the oldest churches in Lyon. Remember, however, that little is known of these early churches of Christianity due to Roman rule, and it is the stuff of legend sometimes. 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 engaging photos and description (in French): http://www.patrimoine-lyon.org/index.php?lyon=l-eglise-saint-nizier
Part of the Lyonescence Part Deux (Feb 26 - Mar 4, 2016) travel blog
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