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Abbaye Saint-Germain, Auxerre

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The Abbey of Saint-Germain d'Auxerre was a Benedictine monastery in central France, dedicated to its founder Saint Germain of Auxerre, the bishop of Auxerre, who died in 448. The abbey reached the apex of its cultural importance during the Carolingian era; the source for its early history is an account of the Miracula Sancti Germani Episcopi Autissiodorensis ("Miracles of Saint Germain, Bishop of Auxerre") written before ca. 880. The earliest surviving architectural remains are also of the ninth century.In 1927, beneath the 17th-century frescoed plaster walls of the crypt, were discovered ninth-century wall frescoes, the only surviving large-scale paintings of their date in France to compare to the illuminated manuscripts.During the Revolution, several bays of the nave were demolished and the secularized abbey was used as a hospital. The former nave extended beneath the present forecourt.In the late twentieth century the abbey's residential and service buildings were remodeled as a museum, presenting prehistoric, Gallo-Roman and medieval finds from Auxerre. An exhibition in 1990 brought the abbey's cultural impact into focus. The former abbey church remains in use for worship at stated times.Known Abbotts ? - 622: Palladius Auxerre ? - 886? : Abbot Hugh 10 894-921: Richard Duke of Bourgogne11. ? -? : Heldric7,12, contemporary of St. Sévin Bishop of Sens. 1032-1052: Odo of Auxerre 1104: Hugues de Montaigu, son of Dalmace Semur said Jeune14 approve this year a charter for the benefit of the Priory of Saint-Marcel Fleurey-sur-Ouche, signed by Duke Hugh II Bourgogne15. It will be bishop of Auxerre. 1st half of the thirteenth century: Renaud Jocenal 1285 - 1309: Guy Munois 1309 - 1334: Left Dignon Chéu 1334 - 1353: Étienne 1 Chitry 1353 - 1362: William Grimoard, future Pope Urban V 1362 - 1381: Stephen II Chitry 1381 - 1408: Hugues V of Ballore 1409 - 1422: John II of Nanton 1422/1423 - 1453: Hervé de Lugny 1453 - 1495: Hugues VI Tyard or Thiard 1542: Louis Lorraine17 1731: Dom Leonardo Le Texier, Grand Prior .
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  • Well worth a visit as part of a longer trip to Auxerre. Good selection of artifacts within the museum here. 
    Well worth a visit as part of a longer trip to Auxerre. Good selection of artifacts within the museum here.  more »
  • We were often there and enjoyed the atmosphere of the church. This time there was an expo of statues which completely destroyed the ambiance. There are enough rooms around the abbaye or the cloister.....  more
    We were often there and enjoyed the atmosphere of the church. This time there was an expo of statues which completely destroyed the ambiance. There are enough rooms around the abbaye or the cloister.....  more »
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  • Abaye or Abbey a word to name a building, where nuns live in the past time. This St. Germain in Auxerre is one of the oldest in town. It serve as a museum as well. On the other side of the building seem a little lack of maintenance but still very beautiful and classic, the inner side has a small museum, there are some sculptures from famous artist, those sculptures look almost like real life. There is also, some old jewelleries, pottery and etc. Surround the building you can walk into old street with many old traditional house. Definitely is a must visit place if you visit Auxerre
  • Great experience. Some of the oldest cultural pieces in France. Very knowledgeable guide for the tour of the crypt.

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