Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye abbey church : candles in front of the Blessed Sacrament chapel. Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye's majestic abbey church is considered one of the most remarkable examples of Gothic architecture in France (built between the XII and XV centuries).
Formerly known as La-Motte-Saint-Didier, Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye was renamed after becoming the home of purported relics of Saint Anthony the Great in the 11th century, and shortly afterwards of the original house of the Hospital Brothers of St. Anthony, founded here in 1095 as the result of miraculous cures from St. Anthony's Fire (ergotism) ascribed to the relics. The ergot gangrenous poisoning was known as "holy fire" or "Saint Anthony's fire", named after monks of the Order of St. Anthony who were particularly successful at treating this ailment. Saint-Antoine-l'Abbaye welcomed pilgrims who had come from all over the world to meditate on the relics of Saint Anthony the Egyptian, and to benefit from its miraculous healing power.
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February 17th, 2021
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