Saint-Martin d'Ainay

11 Rue Bourgelat
Lyon, Departement du Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, 69002 France
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Basilica of Saint-Martin d'Ainay is a Romanesque church built at the end of the 11th century under Abbot Gaucerand and consecrated on 29 January 1107. It was dedicated to Saint Martin of Tours by Pope Pascal II. Legend states that early martyrs bones were buried under the altar of the original church that stood on this ground. In 1562 the troops of the Baron des Adrets destroyed part of the buildings, including the cloister. In 1600, King Henry IV of France stayed at the Saint-Martin d'Ainay abbey on the occasion of his marriage to Marie de' Medici which took place in the Lyon Cathedral. In 1685 it became a parish church and ceased to have the title of abbey on 27 January 1780. Louis XIII stayed at Saint-Martin d'Ainay with his minister Richelieu and Louis XIV stayed four times. During the French Revolution the church was confiscated. The church became a grain store and it was spared from destruction. In 1802 the church was returned to parish use. Then on 13 June 1905 the church was given the rank of basilica by Pope Saint Pius X.


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GPS Coordinates: 45.7535900, 4.8274700

  • Added: 27 Feb 2015
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2570722