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Church. Catherine: photo description (Eglise Sainte-Catherine de Lille)

This Church is located in the old part of Lille and dedicated to Saint Catherine of Alexandria, who lived in III - IV centuries. Beautiful and educated daughter of the ruler has secretly converted to Christianity and decided to devote his life to serving Christ, but she wanted to see his wife, the Emperor Maximin, who was a heathen and a cruel man. Maximin tried to convince her, bribe with promises of riches and fame, but she would not change her mind, refused to the Emperor and refused to renounce their faith. Then Maximin ordered her to be tortured and then executed. During the tortures and executions Maximin was revealed miracles, and that they were unable to force the Emperor to abandon their cruel intentions. St. Catherine is venerated as the patroness of unmarried girls and of science and knowledge, and all of them comprehend.

The Church consecrated in her name, in Lille, was built in the XV-XVI centuries. Changes in its appearance were made in the XVIII and XIX centuries, and during the second reconstruction of the building was decorated in the tradition of negatice, but later, already in the second half of the twentieth century much of this decoration was removed.

In the XIX century the Church was restored after years of neglect and desolation. In this state the Church remained after the French revolution the building was used as a warehouse, interior decorations, artistic value and religious utensils carried off. Church furniture was restored, but the works of art survived only a few paintings by local artist Victor Motte and Flemish author Gerard Seger, as well as some sculptures and stained glass Windows. Before the revolution, the Church holds a painting of Peter Paul Rubens's "the torment of Saint Catherine", but it was transferred to the Museum of fine arts. Fabrics are Seger, on the contrary, returned to the Church after several years, during which they hung in the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.