What's inside Saint-Eutrope crypt?
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 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 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 wars of Religion in 1568. In the beginning of the 17th century, it was restored.