Martin M. Miles

Martin M. Miles

Posted on 12/16/2013


Photo taken on July  1, 2013



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sarcophagus
Norman Raids
Norman invasion
Saint-Seurin
Via Turonensis
paleochristian
Gironde
Aquitaine
Bordeaux
France
crypt
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chrismon


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Bordeaux - Saint-Seurin

Bordeaux - Saint-Seurin
Saint-Seurin was originally built outside the city walls close to an ancient necropolis. The Abbey of St. Seurin bears the name of the venerated fourth bishop of Bordeaux. A first building, confirmed towards mid 5th century, got destroyed during the 8th century Norman invasions. It was reconstructed above the crypt of St. Seurin from the 11th to 13th centuries.

The crypt was part of a paleochristian necropolis and so parts if it may date back to the 4th century. Tradition tells, hat the necropolis had been consecrated by Christ and seven bishop saints. As the horn olifant was shown here, it is no surprise, that some of the brave soldiers who died with Roland at Roncevaux had been buried there.

Down here are some very elaborated sarcophagi from the 6th and 7th century, that obviously survived the Norman raids. This one has a chrismon (CHi Rho) in the center.

Unfortunately I was late and the guard only gave me 5 minutes time down in the crypt, before he locked the gates.

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