Église St-Pierre-aux-Nonnains


Originally built around AD380 as part of a Gallo-Roman spa complex, Église St-Pierre-aux-Nonnains is a fine example of a pre-medieval basilica, tracing almost 2000 years of history. Now a cultural centre, it can only be admired from the outside.

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