Saint Irenee is one of the earliest Christian Gaul funeral basilicas, like Saint Just and Saint Laurent de Choulans. ... More
Saint Irenee is one of the earliest Christian Gaul funeral basilicas, like Saint Just and Saint Laurent de Choulans. Archaeological digs in 1947 and then 1977 have allowed us to find out its precise origin, which texts attest its date as being at least from the beginning of 6th century. The burials (4th-6th century) discovered both inside and outside the church confirm its funeral function, which corresponds with the development of the martyr cult - believers wanted to be buried close to the saints, themselves buried at the heart of the edifice, usually in the chancel. Just like Saint Just, Saint Irenee was destroyed by the Protestants towards 1562. Restored then looted during the Revolution, it now presents 19th century architecture inspired by Byzantine churches.
Lyons is famous for the night time illuminations of its monuments: hence, it earns it's nickname as the "city of
light." The Office du Tourisme organizes a 2 hour guided tour lasting 2 hours taking you round these illuminations ...
The church of Lyon's bishop, one of Gaul's most important, has been situated on the banks of the Saone at
the bottom of Fourvière hill since the 4th Century. Construction of the present building started in 1170 1180 and ...
Viticulture was introduced to this fertile region of Aquitaine by the Romans, and intensified in the Middle Ages. The Saint
Emilion area benefited from its location on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela and many churches, monasteries and ...