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Lyon Presqu'Ile, Église Saint-Bonaventure

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St. Bonaventure Church was built between 1327 and 1471 by the Cordeliers’ Franciscans order in a late Gothic style with an unusual north-south axis to protect it from the Rhône floods. Its name comes from a General of the Franciscan order who died in 1274 during the Second Ecumenical Council of Lyon. The transformation of the fifteenth-century façade was linked to a comprehensive renovation project in the area which no longer corresponded to the fourteenth-century sober facade; something that was much criticized in the nineteenth century.

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