St. Honorat Island : Religious Buildings

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Fortified monastery of Abbey Lérins.

 

 

The island, known to the Romans as Lerina, was uninhabited until Saint Honoratus founded a monastery on it at some time around the year 410. According to tradition, Honoratus made his home on the island intending to live as a hermit, but found himself joined by disciples (including Saint Caprais (Caprasius) who formed a monastic community around him. This had become “an immense monastery” by 427, according to the contemporary writings of John Cassian.

The monastery provided three bishops for the See of Arles: Honoratus himself, followed by Hilarius and Cesarius in the fifth and sixth centuries, respectively. Reputedly, Saint Patrick, patron of Ireland, studied at the monastery in the fifth century

 

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Fortified monastery of Abbey Lérins.

 

 

 

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The abbey-church: part of the fortified monastery, St. Honorat Island

 

 

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