Listed as a World Heritage site, the basilica has the biggest crypt in Europe! Eutrope was the first bishop of Saintes; saint Palais founded this church in the 6th century in order to put Eutrope's relics. Destroyed by Normans in the 9th century then rebuilt by the count of Poitou, Guy-Geoffroy-Guillaume and by abbot of Cluny, Hugues, in 1080. In the crypt, Eutrope's relics...
A real treasure, kept by monks. The basilica was a stop for the pilgrims who went to Compostela, so the church was raised in order to welcome them. The bell-tower was finished with inhabitants' money, in 1478! Protestants damaged the basilica during the war of Religion in 1568. In the beginning of the 17th century, it was restored.