Basilique St-Martin - Tours (37000) - France
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Itamae
N 47° 23.580 E 000° 40.972
31T E 325138 N 5251441
Quick Description: [EN] The basilica of Saint-Martin de Tours is a religious building whose crypt contains the Ossuaries of four saints. [FR] La basilique de Saint-Martin de Tours est un édifice religieux dont la crypte contient les ossuaires de quatre saints.
Location: Centre-Val-de-Loire, France
Date Posted: 3/23/2015 2:50:28 PM
Waymark Code: WMNJGQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Long Description:
[EN]

The basilica of Saint-Martin de Tours is a religious building whose crypt contains the tomb of Martin de Tours and the Ossuaries of four saints.

The ancient collegiate church Saint-Martin de Tours, dates from the XI century, was abandoned, vandalized and turned into stables in 1793.
In 1802 it was demolished by caution because it became dangerous.

A new building, the current basilica was built between 1886 and 1902 in the neo-Byzantine style by the architect Victor Laloux. She has been inaugurated in 1890.
It is a limestone building, granite and marble, slate-covered. For the wall paintings, the architect addressed Pierre Fritel, and decorative work was done with the help of the painter and decorator Adrien Lavieille, son of Eugene Lavieille. The building was consecrated as a basilica July 4, 1925.

The body of Saint-Martin, died at Candes, was transported to Tours in 397 and was buried in a sarcophagus behind the altar of the new basilica.

A wooden box, found in the statue contains the bones of Saint-Martin and three other bishops of Tours : Saint-Brice, Saint-Perpète and Saint-Gregory.
It was to restore the statue that it had been removed from its base.

[FR]

La basilique Saint-Martin de Tours est un édifice religieux dont la crypte abrite le tombeau de Martin de Tours et les reliques de quatre Saints.

L'ancienne église collégiale Saint-Martin de Tours, qui datait essentiellement du XIe siècle, fut désaffectée, vandalisée et transformée en écurie en 1793.
En 1802, elle fût démolie à titre préventif car son état laissé à désirer.

Un nouvel édifice, la basilique actuelle, a été construit entre 1886 et 1902 dans le style néo-byzantin par l'architecte Victor Laloux. Elle a d’ailleurs été inaugurée dès 1890.
C'est un bâtiment en calcaire, granite et marbre, couvert d'ardoises. Pour les peintures murales, l'architecte s'adressa à Pierre Fritel, et les travaux de décoration furent exécutés avec l'aide de l'artiste-peintre et décorateur Adrien Lavieille, fils d'Eugène Lavieille. L'édifice a été consacré comme basilique le 4 juillet 1925.

Le corps de Saint-Martin, mort à Candes, fut transporté jusqu'à Tours et inhumé en 397 dans un sarcophage derrière le maître-autel de la nouvelle basilique.

Une caisse en bois, découverte dans la statue, contient des os de Saint-Martin et de trois autres évêques de Tours : Saint-Brice, Saint Perpète et Saint-Grégoire.
C'est pour la restaurer que la statue de la basilique Saint-Martin de Tours avait été enlevée de son socle.
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