The Church of Saint-Nizier is a church in the Presqu'ile district of Lyon, France, in the 2nd arrondissement, between the Place des Terreaux and the Place des Jacobins. Its name refers to Nicetius of Lyon, a bishop of the city during the 6th century.Make Eglise Saint Nizier a part of your Lyon vacation plans using our Lyon online route planner.
The first religious building on the site of the present church was a Roman monument, perhaps a temple of Attis, whose worship was probably the cause of the Christian persecution in Lyon from 177. In the 5th century, according to tradition, Eucherius of Lyon, 19th bishop of Lyon, built on the ruins of the building a basilica to contain the relics of the martyrs in Lyon, tortured in 177. The church received the name "Church of Holy Apostles". In the 6th century, the bishops were buried in the church, particularly Nicetius of Lyon, the 28th bishop. The body of the latter attracted a crowd and his presumed great miracles led the church to take his name.
Saint Austregisilus was abbot here during the 7th century.
In the early 8th century, the church has been ravaged by the Saracens and by Charles Martel. It was rebuilt in the 9th century, at the behest of the bishop Leidrade. Peter Waldo, in the 13th century, was a parishioner. His disciples, shocked by the wealth of the church, even set fire in 1253.
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We did not use a tour guide. It is a beautiful church with a lot of history inside, so do not pass by without going inside. Take about 45 minutes at least more »
If it would have been in a less rich of arts town would have been full of turist. In Lyon is just a beautiful church! Worth a walk inside. more »
I found this church in between while going back. Lyon has so many churches. This one is also very beautiful. It is in main centre. It is easy to reach at this place by public transport or just by walking in downtown.
Beautiful church. Don'y forget to visit the basement (crypt) as well. The mass are lively thanks to the Emmanuel community.
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