Eglise Saint Georges, Lyon

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The Église Saint-Georges is a Roman Catholic church located on the Place François-Bertras, in the Vieux Lyon quarter, in the 5th arrondissement of Lyon. It is under the direction of the Primatiale parish and was named in honor of Saint George. The cathedral is near the Place Benoît-Crépu, between the quarter of the Quarantaine and Saint-Jean quarters.
A church located on this place was built in 550, but was destroyed around 732 during a raid of the Saracens, but was restored in 802 by Leidrade. In the fourteenth century, it remained a parish church, but was used by the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, or Order of Malta, and in 1315, the Commandery was located just next and had several windows and two cylindrical towers overlooking the Saône. Lange's family paid for the repairs of the church which were conducted by the commander Humbert de Beauvoir. In 1793, it became a hay barn and became a national property, in 1892, was restored by the architect Pollet.
The current church was rebuilt in 1845 and completed in 1848, after plans by the architect Pierre Bossan who also made plans for the basilica of Fourviere. Abandoned between the late 1970s and 1989, the church was later assigned by Cardinal Albert Decourtray to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter under the Motu proprio Ecclesia Dei, which granted the practice of liturgical books of 1962 in Latin.
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  • This church is located on the River Saône, on the south side of the Old Town. Cross the bright red pedestrian bridge over the Saône River and you'll see it right in front of you. When I visited to cross the red bridge, I found a nice church and the tension swelled. I think that it is good to visit by the bridge and the set.
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  • Neo-Gothic church (built in the 19th century to replace a previous destroyed one) and unfortunately the differences with medieval Gothic churches are noticeable. In any case externally it is always pleasant, although it is not particularly rich in decorations, while inside there are many elements made in the classic Gothic tradition, from the windows with stained glass windows, to the pulpit and the carved wooden choir Finely: if you love Gothic architecture it is still to be seen; It is also a prominent element of the old town's landscape when you see it from the left bank of the Saona or from the bridges. As mentioned it is located on the old town, on the southern edge, on the opposite side of St. Paul's Church which is instead located on the northern edge
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  • Attractive neogothic church in the centre of Lyon offering the traditional Latin liturgy. Mass in the ancient Lyonese rite is celebrated at 9:00 on Sundays followed by Grande Masse (a Missa Cantata) at 10.30 and Low Mass at 7:30PM. I attended the Grande Messe which was pleasant, except that the Epistle and Gospel were read in the vernacular facing the people, the Credo was intoned from the sedilia, and Pater Noster sung by the congregation. I'm not sure why such things are necessary, especially given the current climate of liturgical 'improvisation' in the new rite. Perhaps they are legitimate Lyonese local customs. Other things I found somewhat perplexing were the use of women cantors and microphones. There was no scarcity of men in the church at the Mass I attended (the church was packed), so why women were performing the chant I'm not sure. Also the church has a wonderful acoustic given its high vaulted ceiling and stone surfaces, so why microphones were used (often failing or being switched on half way through prayers) I do not know.
  • It is very atmospheric place, I have high filling staying there.
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