Église Notre Dame Saint-Vincent

The Église Notre Dame Saint-Vincent is a Roman Catholic church located in Lyon, on the banks of the Saône, quai Saint-Vincent, in the 1st arrondissement of Lyon. In 1984, it was classified as monument historique.[1]

Église Notre Dame Saint-Vincent
General view of the church
AffiliationRoman Catholic Church
District1st arrondissement of Lyon
Ecclesiastical or organizational statusCathedral
LocationLyon, France
Geographic coordinates45°46′02″N 4°49′45″E / 45.767352°N 4.829264°E / 45.767352; 4.829264

History edit

The church was built by Augustinian monks in 1759, when they were present in the area from the fourteenth century.[2] The plans of the church were drawn by Léonard Roux. It was finally completed on 4 June 1789 by Joseph Janin,[3] and was called Église Saint-Louis, as tribute to Louis Le Dauphin, who had contributed financially to its construction. A book called "Book of Accounts" was written to trace the entire history of the construction of the church. It took its current name in 1863.[4]

In 1793, the church served as hospital, then warehouse and gendarmerie.[3]

In 1933, Mortamet restored the church.[3] In 1941, a number of Lyon Catholics, Protestants and agnostics met fortnightly in the crypt of the Église Notre Dame Saint-Vincent to discuss in depth Hitler's Mein Kampf.[5] On 12 December 1987, the church was destroyed by fire, but was reopened on 29 November 1992 after a major renovation. The organ, installed on the platform, was inaugurated on 26 March 1995.[4]

Interior of the church

Architecture edit

Inside, there are 18 cylindrical columns in the nave and large rectangular windows in the dome.[3]

The facade of the church, decorated with a statue of the Virgin Mary and a frieze, was made by Charles Dufraine[6] and has a round arch and two Ionic columns.[3]

References edit

  1. ^ Base Mérimée: Eglise Saint-Vincent, Ministère français de la Culture. (in French)
  2. ^ Vanario, Maurice (1990). Les rues de Lyon à travers les siècles: XIVe au XXe (in French). ELAH. p. 21.
  3. ^ a b c d e Jacquemin, Louis (1985). Histoire des églises de Lyon, Villeurbanne, Vaulx-en-Velin, Bron, Vénissieux, Saint-Fons (in French) (2nd ed.). Lyon: Élie Bellier. pp. 99–100. ISBN 978-2-904547-07-2.
  4. ^ a b "Église Notre Dame Saint-Vincent – Un peu d'histoire..." (in French). Saint-Vincent-Saint-Paul. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
  5. ^ De Montclos, Xavier (1978). Églises et chrétiens dans la IIe Guerre mondiale (in French). Vol. 2. Centre régional interuniversitaire d'histoire religieuse. p. 455.
  6. ^ Bégule, Lucien; Bléton, Auguste (1902). L'Œuvre de Charles Dufraine, statuaire lyonnais (in French). p. 44.

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