Grenoble Archaeological Museum
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|Musée archéologique de Grenoble|
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In 1803, the discovery of a sixth-century crypt increases the interest of the church of St Laurent. In the first half of the nineteenth century, three men will revive the architectural interest of this church, Jacques-Joseph Champollion-Figeac, Prosper Mérimée and Pierre Manguin. A first museum was created in 1846 between church of St Laurent and a house occupied by the industrial Xavier Jouvin. It consists primarily of headstones covered with inscriptions, dating from the Gallo-Roman period of Cularo.
The entire site is classified as a historic monument since 10 August 1977. A museum opened in 1986 in the deconsecrated church of St Laurent, but closed since 2003 for work, and reopened to the public in May 2011 with a new original staging.
The church of St. Laurent today is a Romanesque church of the twelfth century. The conservation status of the church funeral (sixth century) excavated in the basement, with its crypt makes it a unique archaeological site in France.
The mausoleums of early fourth century and the church of the nineteenth century has witnessed an architectural constant adaptation to changing attitudes, pagan practices to Christian beliefs.
- Renée Colardelle, La ville et la mort, Saint-Laurent de Grenoble, 2000 ans de tradition funéraire, Bibliothèque de l'Antiquité tardive, N° 11, édit. Brepols Publishers, 413 p, 2008. ISBN 978-2-503-52818-2
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