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A masterpiece of gold

The abbey church of Saint Taurin is renowned for the gold masterpiece from the Middle Ages that it houses: the reliquary of Saint Taurin. This large reliquary (1.2 metres in height) is in the form of a miniature Gothic church, and was made by a goldsmith’s shop in Paris around the year 1250. It has a wooden frame covered with copper and silver plates, enamel and precious gems. The decorations depict scenes from the life and miracles of Saint Taurin, a bishop who lived during the 4th and 5th centuries and whose miracles included curing a small girl and bringing two young men back to life.
Fighting the pagan cults of the Roman invader, Taurin died a martyr: he was flagellated in Old Evreux for so long that his torturers, it is said, had their hands stripped bare.

Richard I of Normandy founded an abbey in the place where an oratory was first dedicated to Saint Taurin. The church we see today was largely rebuilt in the 15th century and retains some Romanesque elements. In addition to the famous reliquary, the church also has a series of 15th-century stained-glass windows depicting the life of Saint Taurin, as well as recent stained glass by the Norman master glazer Max Ingrand.

Practical InformationAddress : Abbatiale de Saint-Taurin rue Joséphine 27 Evreux
: 02 32 24 00 77
: 06 65 25 59 00
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Open year round from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. in the summer), except during mass.
2015 : Saint-Taurin church to be the subject of work. The reliquary of Saint-Taurin will be temporarily displayed at the Museum of Evreux.

Norman Abbeys
Norman Abbeys

Abbayes de Normandie - Route historique
28, rue Raymond Aron
BP 52
76824 Mont-Saint-Aignan Cedex

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