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Saint-François de Sales, Lyon

Saint-François de Sales, Lyon

St François de Sales Church attracts thousands of tourists every year because of its magnificent pipe organ, but the building itself is well worth a visit.

The church was built by Dulin and Benoit in the 19th century in the Romanesque style, on the site of the Couvent des Filles Penitantes et la Maison des Recluses.

The interior is rather austere, but the frescoes by Dennelle and the stained glass window depicting scenes from the life of St François de Sales are particularly lovely.

The main attraction, of course is the organ by Cavaillé-Colle which replaced an eighteen thirties organ. In 1880 Cavaillé-Colle suggested installing an organ on the ground-floor level with its casing rising to the vaulted ceiling. This was an innovative suggestion at the time, but the idea was eventually accepted and the result can be admired by everyone to this day.

St François de Sales was renowned and respected as a good and gentle man. Named Bishop of Geneva in 1602, he remained, nevertheless, a good friend of the poor, and his book “Introduction to the Devout Life”, published in 1609, was aimed at laypeople – which was very unusual at the time.

In 1622 he accompanied the Duke of Savoy on his “Christmas tour” of his lands to distribute alms to the poor. While the duke and his retinue wined and dined in style, St François spent the night in the gardener’s hut on the grounds of the convent of the Order of the Visitation of Saint Mary – an order he had founded in 1610 with St Jane de Chantal.

During the night the good man died of a stroke and although the people of Lyon wanted him to be buried in the city, his body was transported to Annecy, where he was interred in privacy.
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Sight Name: Saint-François de Sales
Sight Location: Lyon, France
Sight Type: Religious
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