Posting a bit early as tomorrow is looking chaotic. The photos are from the Basilica of St. Martin d'Ainay, a 12th century basilica built by a Benedictine monastic community founded on the side in the mid 9th century in Lyon, a city that has been in existence since before the birth of Christ. I didn't get to spend a lot of time there as I didn't know about it until a French teacher insisted I go. I am grateful to her for that. The church was not always open when I was free to go in with the camera. Fortunately I got there once.
The church is at the end of a narrow street. It is not huge. During the French Revolution it became a grain storage facility, a fact that prevented it from being razed by the revolutionaries. Gotta love anti-religious zealots be they in China, Europe, the Middle East, or our own U.S. Difficult to understand the irrational animal-like fury that drives them.
The dome above the altar. I don't know if it is gold-leaf. The chandelier is intricate to say the least. There is quite a bit of magnificent metalwork in St. Martin d'Ainay.
Another view of the dome and the chandelier. The stained glass is heavily leaded. Wish I could return there with the equipment I have now.
Very thick walls.
The Marian altar.
Supporting columns beginning to show their age.
Am certain I posted this before. This is the gate to the baptistry. Extraordinary skill of the metal worker.
+Fr. Jack, SJ, MD