Basilique Saint-Martin d’Ainay
In the historic center of Lyon, located between two rivers, is a Romanesque Benedictine – the Basilica St Martin d’Ainay. Its architecture is not very remarkable and is a mix between pre-Romanesque, Romanesque, and Gothic styles. However, it is worth a visit as it is one of the oldest churches in Lyon, constructed in 1107 and illustrates how defense was an important aspect of construction. During the French revolution, the church was used as a grain store, which most certainly saved d’Ainay from destruction. The church was restored and enlarged in XIX century in a Romanesque revival architectural style, which is how it still looks today.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8:30am-12pm and 2:30pm-6pm; Sun 8:30am-12pm
11 Rue Bourgelat, Lyon, +33 472 400 250