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Church. Paul: photos, description Eglise Saint-Paul de Narbonne)

St. Paul's Church in Narbonne is also known under another name - the Basilica of Saint-Paul-Serge. His first "name" it was in honor of the Bishop of Narbonne St Paul, who lived in the III century. And the second local legends explain the existence of a Roman proconsul named Sergius, supposedly lived in the first century. It is possible that the rumor is somehow "crossed" two different historical characters in the image of the Holy Field.

About the first building built on the site of the Church, we know that it was the same Church and it was destroyed in the V century. After this there was founded a monastery, which was founded by the Emperor Charlemagne. It was supposed to have a Shrine for storing relics of St. Paul, but the monastery also burned.

The building of the Church, preserved to our days, was built in the XII century and was built four centuries. The consecration of the Church was made in 1244 and then it was transferred to the relics of St. Paul. The Basilica was built by a local architect and became one of the first in the southern part of France example of Gothic architecture. In the guise of the Church, but the predominant Gothic, you can see elements of the Romanesque style, for example, of the colonnade, in the apse.

In the Middle ages the Church of Saint Paul of Narbonne was one of the most important temples on the way of Saint James, which pilgrims walked to Santiago de Compostela.

In the mid-twentieth century, the Church has carried out excavations, during which the choir were found the burials made in the IV century. Around the same time next to the Church the archaeologists found a cemetery of the early Christian period, including several stone sarcophagi and the remains of children were buried in amphorae.

In the Church you can see the sarcophagus is decorated with relief images of Jesus Christ. In the temple you can also hear the organ of the XIX century, which for the first time after the restoration sounded only a few years ago.