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The second oldest church in France (some websites claim it to be the oldest but there is an older one in Metz) dating from the 4th century.
The baptistery has had a somewhat chequered history suffering damage at the hands of the Visigoths in the 5th century to being abandoned during the revolution before being siezed from the church and used as a warehouse.
The church was saved from destruction in the 19th century by local petition and was finally restored in the 20th century and is an interesting little church to visit.
The frescoes inside date from the 12th-14th centuries and are worth the small entrance fee of 1 Euro 50 (half price for children) as at 2009.
Address: Rue Jean-Jaurès, Poitiers, France
Directions: Behind the cathedral of St. Pierre which is visible from much of Poitiers.
Phone: 0033 0549 412124 Tourist office
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