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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tours Cathedral

The first cathedral of Saint-Maurice was build by Lidoire, évêque de Tours from 337 to 371 preceding Martin. Burnt in 561, it was restored by Grégoire of Tours and dedicated in 590. Its location, at the south-west angle of the castrum, as well as its west orientation makes its access in bayenet from the roadway crossing the city, and originally accessed through the late-antique surrounding wall. Such a configuration is quite rare.The cathedral was then rebuild during the second quarter of the Template:XIIe century and again burnt in 1166 during the conflict engaging Louis VII of France and Henri II of England (also count of Anjou, the neighboring region).

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