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The Basilica of Sainte-Atrop: photos, description Basilique Saint-Eutrope de Saintes)

According to the records of Gregory of tours, made in the late sixth century, Saint Eutropios was a priest, a native of Rome or Greece, who came to Gaul to preach to Celtic tribes Scripture. Eutropios settled in the city of Mediolanum Santonian standing on the site of the present Saint, and became its first Bishop.

Among many pagans, Eutropium converted to Christianity, and was the daughter of a noble citizen, who decided to give up on marriage. Her enraged father paid off the thieves, so they attacked the Bishop and killed him. And after he was sentenced to death and his own daughter, who remained faithful to Christianity. Penalty Estella took place in the amphitheater, and then the girl was buried near the grave of eutropius and was later canonized as a Saint Estella.

At the end of VI century the remains of St. eutropius, was moved to the Basilica, consecrated by his name. In subsequent centuries the Basilica of Sainte-Atrop has become one of the important temples of the Saint, which went through the pilgrims in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, the relics of St. James.

During the religious wars of the underground crypt in which rested the remains of St. eutropius, was ruined, and the remains were burned. The priests managed to keep only the head of the first Bishop, which is currently stored remains in the Church of St Etrap in the crypt of the XII century.

Basilica of St. eutropius was built in Romanesque style, later it was added the bell tower in the style of "flaming Gothic". This part of the temple, as well as some interior elements, appeared after king Louis XI recovered in Senta from dropsy. Other ornaments of the Church are the ancient stained glass Windows.