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Church. Radegunde: photos, description Eglise Sainte-Radegonde de Poitiers)

Church of the Holy Radegunde at Poitiers took its current name in the late sixth century after the death and burial of remains of the wife of the Frankish king Clotaire I. This Church is the only surviving structure from the Abbey of Saint-Croix, founded by Radegund, although the Church itself was built much earlier than its Foundation.

It is known that in the VI century, the Church was dedicated to our lady and was located outside the city walls, as required by medieval funerary tradition. The fact that this place was buried the nuns and the burial could only take place outside of the city.

Queen Radegund founded Poitiers in a convent after made a pilgrimage to the tomb of St. Martin of tours in the year 552. After 15 years Radegunda received from Constantinople a gift of a religious relic - a particle of the cross on which Jesus was crucified Christ, so the Abbey was soon devoted to the Cross. The Abbey was headed by one of the court ladies Radegunda, Saint Agnes, and the monastery became the center of the city's spiritual and cultural life.

At the end of XI century the Abbey of Sainte-Croix and the Church of the monastery was damaged by fire and was rebuilt. The subsequent rebuilding of the Church occurred in the XIII century in the style of the Anjou Gothic style, a rare architectural style, is considered transitional from the Gothic to Romanesque and combining the characteristics of both these styles.

In the interior of the Church has original stained glass Windows, Dating from the XIII century, but the medieval wall murals could not be saved, and those who are now you can see there have been written only in the XIX century.

Now the place is the Abbey of Saint-Croix is a Museum, but the Church of the Holy Radegunda is current. In its underground crypt houses the remains of the most heavenly patron of Poitiers and its nearest ally, St. Agnes.