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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José Juan Ordóñez (2 months ago)
Preciosa iglesia de Evreux. Dedicada a San Taurin, personaje muy importante de esta ciudad
Francesca Vichery (7 months ago)
Very little room for those who have to go by car but by itself it is very good
Bhamati Filliozat (8 months ago)
Very beautiful, the whole story from Romanesque to Gothic, or modern to read in the stones
Marion Rousselin (10 months ago)
The interior is magnificent, with beautiful stained glass windows.
Irakli Archaia (10 months ago)
It is a very beautiful church! ?
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