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The Abbey of Saint-Germain in Auxerre: photo, description Abbaye Saint-Germain d'auxerre)

The Abbey of Saint-Germain in the Burgundian city of Auxerre was founded by Bishop Herman, and after his death became known his name. Herman Church lived in the first half of the fifth century, was buried in the chapel founded by him, was canonized and became one of the most venerated saints in France.

The first building of the monastery, founded Hermann, was a chapel, prednaznachena for the resting place of the relics of St Maurice - the Theban Legionnaire, who took a Martyr's death. In the beginning of VI century by order of Queen Chrodechild the Church was converted into a Basilica - so the Queen wanted to strengthen the Christian faith in their subjects and oppose it prevailed in its people heretical beliefs.

In the middle of the IX century, the Royal brother-in-law, count Conrad was miraculously healed from diseases of the eye and in gratitude built an underground chapel, which were transferred the remains of St. Herman. In the Middle ages the monastery was a major religious centre and within its walls worked with many famous theologians and theologians - for example, teacher and student Eric and Remigi Church, formed the theological works and commentaries to philosophical treatises.

From the original building of the Abbey Church of Saint-Germain preserved only one of the two towers, adorned Romanesque façade. The Church was rebuilt in Gothic style in the XIII-XIV centuries, and in the XVI century was destroyed by the Huguenots. During the revolution the Abbey was nationalised and continued to destroy. The building of the Church with neo-Gothic facade was restored in 1817. Towards the end of the XX century the Abbey became the property of the municipality.

Currently the buildings of the Abbey located city Museum of history and arts. The crypt, located under the monastery, considered the most important monument of architecture of the Carolingian period, and the frescoes on its walls date from the middle of the IX century. Near the Abbey were discovered numerous traces of ancient tombs, as many inhabitants of medieval Auxerre wanted to find eternal rest closer to the remains of the Catholic Saint.