Abbaye de Saint Martin d'Ainay, Lyon

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The Basilica of Saint-Martin d'Ainay is a Romanesque church in Ainay in the Presqu'île district in the historic centre of Lyon, FranceHistoryLegendLegendary origins of a remarkably large church, which may once have stood on this site, are noted by Gregory of Tours and may be connected to the account of Eusebius, in his Historia Ecclesiae, of the martyrdom of Blandina, the young girl among 48 Christians fed to lions by the Romans in 177 in Lyon's amphitheatre. The lions refused to eat her, according to Eusebius: she and the others were martyred nevertheless. Their bones were burnt, thrown into the river, and washed up downstream where the surviving Christians of the community buried them secretly beneath the altar of what Gregory calls a "basilica of remarkable magnitude." Other candidates for the martyrs' basilica site include the Church of Saint Nizier, upstream, and Lyon Cathedral across the Saône.Ainay AbbeyA Benedictine priory was founded on the Lyon peninsula in 859. When later it was raised to the rank of an abbey, major building works began: the abbey church was built at the end of the 11th century under Abbot Gaucerand, consecrated on 29 January 1107 and dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours by Pope Pascal II. This church is today one of the Romanesque churches still extant in Lyon.
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  • I liked the praying atmosphere of this church. In the centre of Lyon, isolated in a charming little square, it has, among other things, two very beautiful capitals. The restored façade is very beautiful. Volunteer guides welcome us in the afternoon.
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  • An old church with distinctive and not so ornate architecture. Easy to access from the Saone river bank. Not quite like the Basilica but a nice little church nevertheless.  more »
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  • Nice church, in the middle of the city.
  • Wonderful church! Must visit 😊
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