Eglise Saint-Pierre-l'Estrier (ancienne)

Religious heritage, Romanesque in Autun
  • 11th century church where the diatrete vase, unique in France, was found.

  • The church dates from the 11th century, on the site of a small Paleo-Christian basilica or monastery attested in 843 as St Peter's, close to the then church of St Stephen. The site also contains a cemetery which was used before Christianization and from the 3rd to the 5th century. 50 m from the church, the first inscription mentioning Christ in Roman Gaul, dating from the same period: the Greek inscription of Pectarios.

    In the middle of the 18th century, part of the church of St. Stephen...
    The church dates from the 11th century, on the site of a small Paleo-Christian basilica or monastery attested in 843 as St Peter's, close to the then church of St Stephen. The site also contains a cemetery which was used before Christianization and from the 3rd to the 5th century. 50 m from the church, the first inscription mentioning Christ in Roman Gaul, dating from the same period: the Greek inscription of Pectarios.

    In the middle of the 18th century, part of the church of St. Stephen and the burial mounds of the Late Roman period were still visible. A report from 1750 describes the church of St. Peter as 'very ugly and irregular', but the church still has its bell tower and sacristy, which are reported to have been destroyed in 1836, when the church was used as a barn. An excavation campaign, which took place from June to August 2020 in the adjoining Paleo-Christian cemetery, uncovered 150 burials, some of which included sandstone sarcophagi, tile casings, wooden or lead coffins... One of the lead coffins has remained closed since the beginning and should reveal its secrets at the end of the excavation. In addition, various valuable objects were found, including a glass diatrete vase - the first one discovered in France.
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