Lyon

Église Saint Georges

Église Saint Georges from across the Saône
Église Saint Georges from across the Saône

Built in 550, destroyed in a raid on the town in 732, then restored in 802 and rebuilt again between 1845 and 1848, the Église Saint Georges is a small church (église is the French word for church) in an easily accessible area of Vieux Lyon, the old quarter of Lyon (vieux is the French word for old). It’s near the Saône River, just across from the main section of the heart of the middle finger of Lyon, Presqu’île.

An aside for non-francophones, such as me: Two rivers, the Rhone and the Saône,  converge in Lyon. The land between the two, much of the downstream part of which is landfill, forms a peninsula, or almost an island. The French word for “almost” is “presque.” The French word for “island” is île. So, Presqu’île means “almost an island.” Now you know if you didn’t before. Presumably, if you already knew that, you still do.

An aside for geographically-challenged people, such as me: Lyon is also built up on the other sides of the Rhone and Saône Rivers from Presqu’île. That’s why I refered to Presqu’île as the “middle finger” of Lyon. I didn’t mean it in a derogatory way. Quite the contrary. Most of Presqu’île is very nice.

Église Saint Georges interior
Église Saint Georges interior

The exterior of the Église Saint Georges is impressive in an understated way, particularly when viewed from the other side of the Saône. I said that and now realize that I have no idea what I mean by it. Take a look at the picture. Maybe it will say the “impressive in an understated way” to you too. If so, please tell me what that means in a comment below.

Behind the altar of the church are some stained glass windows painted in warm hues.

Otherwise, well, ho hum. Another beautiful old European church. Damned I’m getting jaded. How do people put up with all of these damned old churches everywhere in Europe? Oops. Am I allowed to say “damned” about churches?

Never mind. There are other old churches in Lyon. I’ll try to be more descriptive and complementary when I get to writing posts about those—assuming that, before then, one god or another doesn’t kill me and condemn me to hell for saying damned.

Église Saint Georges interior too
Église Saint Georges interior too

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