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The oldest church not only in Paris, but also in France was built in 542 by order of King Childebert I. The history of the founding of the temple is associated with a relic brought to France – tunic of the holy great martyr Vincent.
This tunic was sent for safekeeping by the personal order of the French bishop Herman, Germain in French, after which the church was named, which later became part of the abbey. The bishop was buried on the territory of the monastery in 576.
Over the many years of its existence, the abbey was subjected to regular attacks. The destroyed parts of buildings and churches were carefully restored by the monks. But that didn't save the abbey from the Great Revolution, when all monasteries were outlawed. From that moment on, most of the structures were destroyed, both by time and by numerous fires. The last, largest fire of 1794 seriously damaged the church, the only surviving part of the once large monastery.
In the 19th century, it was decided to restore the church, which is currently actively visited by tourists from all over the world.
The general style of the church, despite several rebuildings, has been preserved as it was originally. This fact allows us to call the Church of Saint-Germain-des-Pres one of the few surviving monuments of pure Romanesque architecture.
Services are still held in the church.
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Topic: Saint-Germain-des-Pres in France, Paris resort.