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The Church Notre-Dame-de-Large and Lapidarium: photos, description (Notre-Dame de Lamourguier)

The name of this Church in Narbonne comes from the name of the district in which it is located. Earlier name of the area sounded like "La Murgia" and was derived from the word denoting the kind of the fruit of the olive and the technology of production of olive oil - it made her life the inhabitants of this quarter. Gradually, the name evolved and became to sound like "Large".

The first building on the site of the Church of Notre Dame in Large existed already in the IX century. In the XI century Church, the former nest of heretical teachings, head of the local diocese gave to the Abbey of Saint-Victor de Marseille. For many years the Church belonged to the order of the Benedictine monks.

Its present appearance the Church took in the XIII century, in the XVIII were carried out its restoration, and at the end of the same century, the recently renovated building was converted into barracks. Perhaps it would have been destroyed if local authorities owned the building, decided to open a Museum.

In the second half of the nineteenth century the creation of the Museum was engaged in archaeological Commission. Now the building of the Church Notre Dame de Large is the Lapidarium - a repository of ancient inscriptions on stone slabs or tombstones. Darbandsky the Lapidarium is one of the largest in the world, the exposure is compared to the Lapidarium in Rome, forming part of the Capitoline museums. In arbonnecom the collection of stone inscriptions, there are about 1,300 exhibits.

An inexperienced visitor to the treasures of the lapidary might seem a pile of ancient stones, but the Amateurs and connoisseurs of history will be clear that it is the most valuable written monuments found in southern Roman Gaul, as well as fragments of tombstones and stone slabs later.