St. Peter's Church

Vienne, France

St. Peter's (Saint-Pierre) Church in Vienne is one of the oldest in France, dating from the 6th century. From its initial configuration it has maintained the layout of a basilica. In 1872, an archaeological museum opened presenting sculptures, mosaics and sarcophagi.



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Founded: 6th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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Jack SIMON (18 months ago)
The emotion I felt inside is undescribable
Marshall Bain (2 years ago)
Antoine M (3 years ago)
It's considered to be one of the oldest surviving churches in France and a listed national monument. Unfortunately it's closed for major renovation so I couldn't explore the interior! It's also an archeological museum. But what I couldn't see inside I was intrigued by this beautiful building which was built in the late fifth century! The intriguing history also adds to the mysterious beauty of this Church; that it was once used as Basilica funeral home for the burial of most bishops in the twelfth century, and then transformed into a museum in 1809. Even without being able to see inside I was impressed with the building and imagine what it's like inside. Worth visiting especially when the museum reopens. But sadly I might not be able to visit as I'm leaving Vienne soon! One day perhaps.
Celine “Communication & Conseil” consultante référencement naturel (3 years ago)
Church desecrated dixit St. Peter's Museum. Museum of Local History to discover paired with the Museum of Contemporary Art. Beautiful place where we always discover new things. Free on the first Sunday of the month.
Max Niedzwiecki (3 years ago)
One of France's oldest churches, built in the 5th century, just as the Roman Empire was crumbling. Since 1872 a museum of Roman and early Christian antiquities found in Vienne. It's a gloomy, outdated place stuck in a time-warp, where you will often be the only visitor, and I LOVE IT.
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