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Saint Martin d'Ainay Basilica - Abbey

Basilique Abbaye Saint Martin d'Ainay © ©Jack Leone (13)
Basilique Abbaye Saint Martin d'Ainay ©
Basilique Abbaye Saint Martin d'Ainay ©
The only Roman church in Lyon from the end of the 11th c., built on the site of the 4th c. Benedictine abbey.
The archives mention a church dedicated to St Martin and to Mary, at, what was at the time, the confluence of the Rhone and the Saone in the 9th century. Modernisation or reconstruction works took place at the end of the 11th century by the Abbot Gaucerand, which transformed the church into a roman style building. This abbey was quickly developed and was prosperous thanks to the lands gained. From the 13th century, the cult of martyrs in Lyon was developing. Damaged by the religious wars of the 16th century, the abbey lost many of its posessions in the coming centuries, before becoming known as the only St Martin church in the 18th century. Used as a food cellar during the Revolution, but was destroyed in the 19th century, leaving it in a very bad state - thus it was decided to renovate the church in its original style.

Contact details

place d'Ainay CURE : 11 rue Bourgelat (entrée souvent par la rue et non la place) 69002 Lyon 2ème

Tel. : 04 72 40 02 50

Opening times

From 01/01 to 2014/12/31 between 8.30 AM and 12 PM.

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