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Basilique Saint Martin

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Place of huge historical significance that retains its beauty today

The Basilica is wonderful inside, built in the Byzantine style, with a dome bedecked with images of... read more

Reviewed October 28, 2018
BeginsInWonder
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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The crypt with the St Martin Reliquary is worth visiting

Centuries ago this was apparently one of the great churches of Europe, demolished during the... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2018
ggm96822
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

The Basilica is wonderful inside, built in the Byzantine style, with a dome bedecked with images of Christ. In the crypt is the tomb of St. Martin. It is warm due to the candles and the tomb itself is a special place of veneration with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BeginsInWonder
Reviewed October 12, 2018

Centuries ago this was apparently one of the great churches of Europe, demolished during the revolutions. The much more modest replacement is from the early 20th century and not very interesting, but the cyrpt with the St Martin reliquary is worth visiting if you happen...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank ggm96822
Reviewed October 4, 2018

If you are in Tours this is a must see. This is one of the starts of the Camino de Santiago. The basilica is beautiful. There is a great view of the scull of St. Martin.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Deb W
Reviewed September 15, 2018

Centrally located in Tours.Beautiful,intricate design.One of the places to visit if you’re in Tours since it’s just very close proximity to old town .

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank s0nnevy0
Reviewed August 24, 2018

the crypt has reliquary of st. martin. services held here, so crypt not always accessible. remodeled in the 18th century based on medieval structure. gift shop w/ books and postcards as well as religious memorabilia (2 books in English) a block from the original medieval...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed June 25, 2018 via mobile

Located at the heart of the old town not really old building but gives emphasis on it’s structural design that gives an impact of vastness and beauty.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank JunJ763
Reviewed May 14, 2018

Located by Place Chateauneuf in the old town, this is a beautiful historical monument. From sites all over tours you can locate it by its magnificent tower topped with the gold Saint Martin statue. St.Martin is a figure that is part of the foundation of...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank Pamachia
Reviewed May 9, 2018

This beautiful church is not so old as most you find in Europe. What is interesting about this church, however, is that you can go downstairs to the crypt to see some of the bones of Saint Martin. This can be a very moving experience...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Sharon M
Reviewed April 26, 2018

An interesting but not very memorable building. Worth a brief visit if you are in the centre of Tours.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank E158SOJohnD
Reviewed December 12, 2017

The basilica of Saint Martin, who lived in the 4th century, and whose relics are contained in a crypt inside the church, is just amazing. The church was designed by the same architect, Victor Laloux, as the Tours' train station. If you are visiting the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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