Basilica of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains

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The basilica and former monastic church of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains

The basilica of Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains is a pre-medieval church building in Metz, France. It began life as a Roman "gymnasium", or secondary school, in the 4th century AD, making it one of the oldest churches in Europe.


The building was originally built in 380 AD as part of a Roman spa complex. In the 7th century, the structure was converted into a church, becoming the chapel of a Benedictine nunnery. A new nave was constructed in the 11th century with further interior renovations. In the 16th century, the building became a warehouse, and remained so until the 1970s, when it was restored and opened for concerts and exhibitions.[1][2][3][4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Marie-Therese Baudry. Early Christian monuments of France.
  2. ^ Heber-Suffrin Francis. Saint-Pierre-Aux-Nonnains.
  3. ^ R. Will (1972). Étude archélogique et historique de Saint-Pierre aux Nonnains à Metz (Moselle).
  4. ^ Xavier DeLeon (1988). Saint-Pierre-Aux-Nonnains: De l'époque romaine à l'époque gothique. Éditions Imprimerie Nationale (collection "Guides archéologiques de la France"). Paris. ISBN 2-11-081268-0.

Coordinates: 49°06′54″N 6°10′10″E / 49.11500°N 6.16944°E / 49.11500; 6.16944