Sarcophagi dated to the 5th and 6th centuries, found in the excavation of the abbey church
THE FOUNDATION (5th century)
AN EXPANSION OF THE CULT OF RELICS
ermanus is one of the first bishops of Auxerre to orient his pastorate toward the devotion of relics.

His hagiographer, Constantius of Lyon, specifies that he "always wore on his person a belt of leather with a small sack (capsula) containing the relics of saints."

This spirituality seems inherited from a monastic influence that developed significantly the cult of relics and associated pilgrimages at this period.

 
Reliquary stone (5th century)
Deposited in sarcophagi or in reliquaries, the bones, placed near an altar, are presented to the veneration of the faithful who view them as intercessors.