St. Taurin's Abbey Church

Évreux, France

Founded in the 10th century by Richard sans Peur (Richard the Fearless), duke of Normandy, the St. Taurin's abbey church was built on the suspicious spot of St. Taurin grave, the first bishop and evangelizer of Evreux. During the Hundred Years' War the abbey was burnt down. It was left to decay and the last monks were banished during the Revolution. The former Benedictine abbey church became a parish church. The church, several times restructured, presents a wide range of architectural styles from 12th to 19th century.

The shrine, masterpiece of silversmith ordered in 1253, is unique in the world. Ordered in 1253 by Abbey Gilbert de Saint Martin, it contains some relics of Saint Taurin and Saint Laudulphe, who, according to legends, found the location of the grave of Saint Taurin thanks to a dream. The reliquary, medieval masterpiece of silversmith, is really delicate: it has been built like a mini gothic cathedral, covered with gold leaf, gilded copper and silver, with enamels and precious stones inlaid. The shrine, kept in a chapel, weights about 82kg, is 1.20m high and 1.05m long.

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Founded: 10th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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SILVERT Valérie (2 years ago)
Very nice little church that is worth the detour - do not hesitate to enter it
Raphael T. Inoue (2 years ago)
Saint Taurin Church is a small church, but very beautiful and charming. It was built in the 10th century and is protected as a historical monument.
daniele duvallet (3 years ago)
I found that it was better with the whites and his partaire of flowers
Eric Dupuis (3 years ago)
As dab yen is only for the city center to quen the works for the high district I do not tell you thank you mr the mayor that in your see the state of the road I think there is something else to do than the city center on all quile nor has anyone who goes there comérsen ons closed
José Juan Ordóñez (3 years ago)
Preciosa iglesia de Evreux. Dedicada a San Taurin, personaje muy importante de esta ciudad
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