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Church. Elyria: photo, description Eglise Saint-Hilaire le Grand)

Church of Saint-Hilaire in Poitiers was consecrated in honor of one of the great teachers of the Church, who lived in the IV century. The Hilary was Bishop of Poitiers and could even work miracles. One day they brought him letters of administration of infant baptism. The disconsolate mother threw him to the feet of Ilaria, and he, bending over him in prayer, raised him by the power of his faith. As the shepherd Hilary was wise and virtuous, he is now considered the patron Saint not only of Poitiers, and La Rochelle and Luçon.

In Poitiers, the Church that bears his name, located on the Rue Saint-Hilaire, near the city Park, broken by the count de Blossom in the middle of the XVIII century.

This is one of the oldest religious structures in Poitiers - the Church was built on the site of the chapel which was erected over the tomb of St. Hilary at the city cemetery. The grave of the Bishop was visited by numerous pilgrims, so it was decided instead of the chapel to build a Church. The construction was carried out in X-XI centuries in the tradition of the Romanesque style. In the next century the wooden roof of the Church burned, so over it there was a stone arch. And the walls survived its severity, along the nave were built stone columns on which the arch rested.

The decoration of the Church are the frescoes and the carved capitals of the Romanesque period. On one of the capitals depicts St. Hilary in the time of his death. According to legend, immediately after the death of Hilary seemed to have disappeared, dissolving in a flash of bright light. Wall painting of the temple dates back to the XI century. One of the subjects of painting - scene of the Apocalypse. In the second half of the XIX century, the Church was set on.

In the Middle ages the Church became one of the pilgrimage temples located on the way of St. James, lying in the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. During the great French revolution, the Church was partially destroyed nave, but these lesions were eliminated in the XIX century. Currently, the Church of Saint-Hilaire is a UNESCO world heritage site.