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Church of Saint-Pierre-AUX-Nonen: photos, description Eglise Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains)

Church of Saint-Pierre-AUX-Nonnen located in the historic centre of Lorraine Metz - she stands on a hill just a few hundred meters from the river Moselle. This unique building is considered to be the oldest surviving religious buildings, perhaps even in all of France.

It is built on a Foundation Dating back to the end of the Western Roman Empire - presumably between 370 and 400 years. Previously, it housed a gymnasium-palaestra complex of the Roman baths (Thermes). And with the spread of Christianity came in for the nuns and turned this ancient sacred building under construction. From the VII century it is a part of Benedictine Abbey. Some of the details of the period, made in pre-Romanesque style, have survived to this day, despite the fact that the nave was completely rebuilt in the year 1000. He belongs to the later Romanesque architectural style. In XV-XVI centuries, we have improved the interior of the Church was then added graceful Gothic vaulted ceiling, which, unfortunately, was almost completely destroyed in 1552 during the siege of the city. At the same time it is the oldest religious building lost its sacred purpose - it was converted into a warehouse and military Arsenal, and was used as such for over 400 years.

Only in the late XX century were carried out restoration work and archaeological excavations. In the 70-ies of the Church of Saint-Pierre-AUX-Nannen was finally opened to tourist visits, though in the bosom of the Catholic Church, it has not been returned. Now it functions as a concert and exhibition hall.

It is worth noting that this architectural complex is complemented by a secluded historic courtyard - the cloister, which, like the Church itself, was listed as a historical monument of France and is now under the protection of the state.