Basilica of Saint-Martin d'Ainay
The Basilica of Saint-Martin d'Ainay is a Romanesque church in Ainay in the Presqu'Óle district in the historic centre of Lyon, France.
A 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 rare Romanesque churches still extant in Lyon.
The tiny building with its massive walls, watchtower, narrow window openings and spaces for heavy doors, was apparently built with defence in mind, and reflects the many dangers of warfare and violent incursions of the period of its construction.
In 1245 at the First Council of Lyon Ainay Abbey was acknowledged to have precedence over 71 churches, abbeys and priories from Burgundy to Provence, and was thus one of the most powerful religious houses in the region.
During the Renaissance the monastery owned a port, the abbot lived in a palace and the monks had the use of substantial buildings, cloisters, a garden and a vineyard. Little by little, the life of the community ceased to be a monastic one, particularly once the abbots became commendatory and were nominated by the king. The abbey's temporal power continued, but its spiritual life evaporated.
In 1562, during the French Wars of Religion, the troops of the Baron des Adrets destroyed part of the buildings, including the cloister; the church was badly damaged. In 1600, King Henry IV of France stayed at the abbey on the occasion of his marriage to Marie de' Medici which took place in Lyon Cathedral.
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Highmountains (2251) 2013-10-24 22:28
Beautifully composed. Full advantage of the artificial lights have been taken. The play of light and shade make the photograph so romantic. It highlights the beauty of the architecture and the compactness of the composition.
The inside light of the 1st tower that occupies a central position in the photograph is simply inspirational.
The clarity and sharpness of the image / Basilica is excellently set against the dark grey-blue background.
The striped framing of the photograph is appropriate and makes the photograph more presentable.
Thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: Csaba Witz (csabagaba) (6538)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-28
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony DSC R1, ZeissVario-SonnarT*14,3-71,5 f/ 2,8-4,8, Soligor Blueline UV 67mm
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/20 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-20 2:02