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Aniane - Abbey Church Saint-Sauveur | by Martin M. Miles
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Aniane - Abbey Church Saint-Sauveur

The light-flooded nave of the 17th century baroque church, built where around 780 Benedict of Aniane founded a "reform-monastry".


Benedict had sucess, gained influence and founded and reformed a number of monasteries. 817 he headed a council of abbots at Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen), creating a "Codex regularum" binding on all abbey within the Carolingian Empire. Charlemagnes´son "Louis the Pious", his friend and patron built Marmoutier (Maursmünster) Abbey for Benedict in Alsace, that is where we "met" him earlier this year. Benedict died at Kornelimuenster, a monastery next to Aix-la-Chapelle (Aachen) in 821. He reformed the order, Benedict of Nursia had created around 530, and so gave it a base for the infuencve it had over the next centuries.


The old monastry was destroyed during the Wars of Relgions, rebuilt in the 17th century and "remodeled" into a prison after the French Revolution, but at least the place is still the same.


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Taken on July 25, 2010