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Abbots of Tournus (12th
The abbey of St. Philibert facade dates from the 10th and 11th centuries. The nave dates from the start of the 11th century. It is constructed with an attractive rose tinted stone. The color, simplicity and grandeur of the abbey church make it one on the most attractive in France. The abbey has a wonderful 10th century crypt, restored in the 19th century. The abbey was founded in the 9th century by a group of monks who were displaced from Normandy by Viking invasions. In 937 the new abbey was sacked by the Huns and abandoned. It was refounded in 949. The abbey was also sacked by the Huguenots in 1562. It survived the Revolution in 1789 because it had become a parish church. Tournus is an attractive small town on the bank of the Saone. The skyline is dominated by the abbey.