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St-Martin-d'Ainay Abbey

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Lyon, France.

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This small, 10th Century church in the centre of Lyon isn't as fancy as the basilica on the hill, or the cathedral – in fact it's positively austere: strictly put together with matching arched windows, thick walls and a generally very triangular look to it. The air of a fortress comes from it needing to be a place of protection as well as worship. But despite this preference for practical over beautiful, this is still an interesting church from an architectural, as well as historic perspective – it's Romanesque.

 

 

Written by  Sarah Knighton.

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