The Basilique Saint Eutrope de Saintes sits atop the hill on the East side of the River Charente in France. Saint Eutrope de Saintes is one of two notable visits on the hill above the old Roman town and it is best to allow sufficient time to visit both on the same walk. We walked up the hill from the center of town, about a half hour walk, and walked back after touring both sites. It was a full and tiring afternoon.
The church was originally a part of a Priory built to provide a destination for pilgrims along the route to Santiago. The monks located the Priory there to house and feed the pilgrims and to provide them with the opportunity to see the relics of St Eutrope, one of the earliest Christian martyrs in France.