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The Church of Saint-Florent: photo, description Eglise Saint-Florent d'orange)

At the end of V - beginning of VI century, the orange Bishop was Florence, which after his death was canonized. The value of the person of the Holy of Florencia for the Catholic Church was so great that his remains were divided into several parts and placed as relics in various churches in the cities of France - Avignon, Le Puy, Laussonne and in the Italian town of Fiorenzuola. Also part of the relics of St. Florentia was left in orange and placed in the temple which had been consecrated by his name.

On the site of the temple in the beginning of XIV century was built the Church of the monastery belonging to the Franciscan order. Before the start of the religious wars in the Church were the graves of the members of the de Bo, who ruled the Principality of orange to the end of the XIV century. With the arrival of the Huguenots and the Church of the tomb was destroyed in the fire. After a couple of decades, the monks were able to restore the Church, although it was planned to demolish and build a mill.

The Church though was not a mill, but during the revolution was converted into a warehouse fodder, and then alternately used for other purposes - like barracks, stables and even a prison. In the early nineteenth century the building was returned to Church and began to be used for its intended purpose, and by mid-century, the Church received the status of a parish.

The decoration of the Church can be described as strict and grim, as was the custom in the tradition of the Franciscan order. The relics of Florentia stored in the Church choir, in a special niche. In the structure of the Church was built four chapels, dedicated to our lady, the Holy Florencio, Roh and Onorato.

The monastery, part of which was the Church of Saint-Florent, also preserved, but subject to the restructuring committed in the nineteenth century.