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The ruins of the Abbey of St. The médard: photo, description Abbaye Saint-Medard de Soissons)

From the Abbey of St. Medard in Soissons, the once large and influential, to date, preserved only its underground part of the crypt. In it the relics of St. Medard, and two Frankish kings Clotaire the First, and Sigibert. When Cloture the construction of the monastery was begun, and Sigebert, his successor on the throne, completed the work. Ground-based part of the monastery is now a ruin.

The year of Foundation of the monastery was 557. In the IX-X centuries, the Abbey was not spared the attacks of the Normans, but was rebuilt in the XI century and lived a relatively quiet life until the beginning of the religious wars. The Huguenots destroyed the monastery completely, but by the 30th years of XVII century it was reconstructed again.

The end of history of the Abbey of St. Medard had put the French revolution, in the years which all the buildings of the monastery, it was decided to disassemble, and the thus obtained material used for construction of other buildings.

There are several versions about the time of construction of underground crypts, the earliest dates from the IX century, and the first mention of the crypt in historical documents dates back to the end of the eleventh century. Once the niche of the crypt were decorated with sculptures.

Saint Medard, whose name bore the monastery, he lived at the end of V - first half of VI century, and even in childhood had the ability to do miracles and compassion to the poor. He later became one of the most famous bishops of France and has headed the diocese of Noyon. Clotaire the First, founded the Abbey in Soissons almost immediately after the death of the Bishop. The relics of the Saint were transferred to the monastery later.