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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  • Abbaye de Saint Martin d'Ainay is a beautiful church. We passed by on our way to another sight and intended on returning and going inside. However things did not quite turn out the way we intended... 
    Abbaye de Saint Martin d'Ainay is a beautiful church. We passed by on our way to another sight and intended on returning and going inside. However things did not quite turn out the way we intended...  more »
  • I walked by this church several times before venturing inside. It's an amazing building which has been beautifully restored. It was lovely and quiet inside, very peaceful. 
    I walked by this church several times before venturing inside. It's an amazing building which has been beautifully restored. It was lovely and quiet inside, very peaceful.  more »
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  • An amazing place! Very interesting. We were welcome to very friendly people got an excellent introduction to the history of the place! Must visit!!!!!
  • Nice looking Romanic church, it is very well preserved. I wouldn’t go there on purpose to see it but if you are around it is worth a visit.

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