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The Church of Saint-Nizier is a church in the Presqu'ile district of Lyon, France, in the 2nd arrondissement, between the Place des Terreaux and the Place des Jacobins. Its name refers to Nicetius of Lyon, a bishop of the city during the 6th century.Make Eglise Saint Nizier a part of your Lyon vacation plans using our Lyon online route planner.
The first religious building on the site of the present church was a Roman monument, perhaps a temple of Attis, whose worship was probably the cause of the Christian persecution in Lyon from 177. In the 5th century, according to tradition, Eucherius of Lyon, 19th bishop of Lyon, built on the ruins of the building a basilica to contain the relics of the martyrs in Lyon, tortured in 177. The church received the name "Church of Holy Apostles". In the 6th century, the bishops were buried in the church, particularly Nicetius of Lyon, the 28th bishop. The body of the latter attracted a crowd and his presumed great miracles led the church to take his name.
Saint Austregisilus was abbot here during the 7th century.
In the early 8th century, the church has been ravaged by the Saracens and by Charles Martel. It was rebuilt in the 9th century, at the behest of the bishop Leidrade. Peter Waldo, in the 13th century, was a parishioner. His disciples, shocked by the wealth of the church, even set fire in 1253.
Eglise Saint Nizier reviews
Eglise Saint-Nizier is a church for e new generation. Well done! The series of paintings depicting Jesus’ last days is amazing - like a high quality cartoon. Especially the one with a bicycle and...
Eglise Saint-Nizier is a church for e new generation. Well done! The series of paintings depicting Jesus’ last days is amazing - like a high quality cartoon. Especially the one with a bicycle and... more »
The Stations-of-the-Cross is this beautiful, traditional, stone cathedral were eye opening! Updated in 2019, they placed Jesus and the cross into a 21st century setting and made us stop and think...
The Stations-of-the-Cross is this beautiful, traditional, stone cathedral were eye opening! Updated in 2019, they placed Jesus and the cross into a 21st century setting and made us stop and think... more »
A very beautiful and particular church, even if the inside isn't all that good
One thing observed from Fourvière hill of this church is the uneven heights of the two towers. On approach its impressive with its impressive renaissance portal on a gothic style architecture! Inside it's modestly decorated but utterly peaceful. Beautiful organ gallery, stunning nave, beautiful pulpit and several side chapels with notable stained-glass windows. There's a crypt but not accessible to the public. A modest but peaceful and gorgeous church to visit with all respect to its requirements and with decorum.
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