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Saint Martin Basilica

Find out about the history of this church, which was ransacked, burnt down and eventually demolished and then rebuilt in honor of a saint whose tomb lies beneath.

The Saint Martin Basilica is a 19th-century church with a neo-byzantine design in the heart of Tours. It stands on top of the tomb of the saint after whom the church is named. The basilica was a popular site for pilgrims on their way to Spain in the Middle Ages.

Gaze up at the domed roof and capture photos of the majestic structure with its arched windows and intricate details. Enter the church to see the rows of columns and arches to either side of the nave.

Look around the Renaissance cloister, which dates back many centuries, after surviving from a previous church. Gaze up at the two Romanesque towers that have been standing since the Middle Ages. The Clock Tower is another remnant from an earlier age.

Make your way across the street to the Saint-Jean Chapel for a chance to look through the St. Martin Museum. Learn about the history of the basilica through its various exhibits.

The basilica is dedicated to St. Martin of Tours, who was bishop of the area during the 4th century. Marvel at the pretty stained-glass windows that portray his legend of the cloak, when he offered half of his garment to a freezing beggar. Descend into the dark crypt to find the sarcophagus of St. Martin. The walls are decorated with hundreds of engravings of ritual prayers.

French architect Victor Laloux built the basilica to replace an earlier version from the Middle Ages that was destroyed during the French Revolution.

The church opens daily year-round from morning until evening. It remains open even later than usual in summer. There is no fee to enter.

The Saint Martin Basilica is next to many of Tours’ main highlights in the center of the city. Nearby, you will find the Opéra de Tours, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Companionship.


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Best Western Central Hotel £71
Best Western Central Hotel

Best Western Central Hotel

     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Tours City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Julien Church, Musee du Compagnonnage and Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre. Place de Châteauneuf and Musee des Beaux-Arts are also within 10 minutes. Tours Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    The People Hostel - Tours £40
    The People Hostel - Tours

    The People Hostel - Tours

       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Tours, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Loire Valley and Vinci International Convention Centre. University of Tours and St. Julien Church are also within 1 mile (2 km). Tours Station is 12 minutes by foot.

      Hotel Mondial £55
      Hotel Mondial

      Hotel Mondial

      3 Place De La Resistance, Tours
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Tours City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre, St. Julien Church and Musee du Compagnonnage. Place de Châteauneuf and Saint Martin Basilica are also within 5 minutes. Tours Station is 13 minutes by foot.

        Best Western Plus L'artist Hotel £64
        Best Western Plus L'artist Hotel

        Best Western Plus L'artist Hotel

           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in La Fuye-Velpeau, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vinci International Convention Centre and Musee des Beaux-Arts. Saint-Gatien Cathedral and St. Julien Church are also within 1 mile (2 km). Tours Station is only a 4-minute walk and St Pierre des Corps Station is 29 minutes.

          Oceania L'Univers Tours £127
          Oceania L'Univers Tours

          Oceania L'Univers Tours

          5 Boulevard Heurteloup, Tours, Indre-et-Loire
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Tours City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vinci International Convention Centre, Musee des Beaux-Arts, and St. Julien Church. Musee du Compagnonnage and University of Tours are also within 15 minutes. Tours Station is only a 3-minute walk.

            13 place Chateauneuf - Hyper centre
            13 place Chateauneuf - Hyper centre

            13 place Chateauneuf - Hyper centre

               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Tours City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Place de Châteauneuf, Saint Martin Basilica and Place Plumereau. University of Tours and Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre are also within 5 minutes. Tours Station is 15 minutes by foot.

              L'Adresse Boutique Hotel £97
              L'Adresse Boutique Hotel

              L'Adresse Boutique Hotel

              12 Rue de la Rotisserie, Tours
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Tours City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Loire Valley, Place Plumereau and Place de Châteauneuf. Saint Martin Basilica and University of Tours are also within 5 minutes. Tours Station is 16 minutes by foot.

                Appartement Quartier Historique
                Appartement Quartier Historique

                Appartement Quartier Historique

                21 Rue du Petit Soleil, Tours
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Tours City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Loire Valley, Place Plumereau and Place de Châteauneuf. Saint Martin Basilica and University of Tours are also within 5 minutes. Tours Station is 16 minutes by foot.