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France » Auvergne » Brioude
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The town was erected on a passage over the river Allier, at the far end of a small plain, La Limagne, which lies between high hills, covered with woods. The ancient Gallo-Roman city was situated on the way to Saint-Jacques de Compostelle. Pilgrims came to pray on Saint Julien’s tomb. Julien was a Roman soldier who was martyred in the year 304. The Basilique was erected on the place where he was buried, and it is considered as one of the most beautiful Roman Churches in Auvergne. It is a small market town, an industrial and commercial centre in the heart of a region which is essentially oriented towards agriculture and tourism. Around the church, old historic houses are gathered in a compact network of narrow streets; the abode of the Chanoines-Comtes who were in charge of the Church for many years, old latticed houses, the house that sheltered the wellknown Mandrin, a popular outlaw, and also a mansion which has been transformed into a lace museum, the Hôtel de la Dentelle

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