Lyon and the Alps Sights

Basilique de Saint-Martin d'Ainay

  • Pl. de l'Abbaye d'Ainay Map It
  • Presqu'île
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 06/25/2015

Fodor's Review

This fortified church dates back to a 10th-century Benedictine abbey and a 9th-century sanctuary before that. The millenary energy field is palpable around the hulking structure, especially near the rear of the apse where the stained-glass windows glow richly in the twilight. In 1844 it became one of the first buildings in France to be classified a national monument; its interior murals and frescoes, though, are disappointingly plain and austere compared to the quirky, rough exterior.

Sight Information


Pl. de l'Abbaye d'Ainay, Lyon, 69002, France

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 8:30–noon and 2:30–6

Published 06/25/2015


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