Saint-Sauveur Church

Saint-Macaire, France

Constructed between the 12th & 15th centuries, Saint-Sauveur Church was built with a dual purpose of being a priory and as well as a place of worship. Not much now remains of the priory, beyond a cloister wall, however the church remains intact and houses some impressive murals which date back to the 14th century. Located at the heart of the old city the church rests on an old river cliff with the town spreading out in a semicircle around it. It was classified as an official historical monument in 1840.

Inside you can find beautiful capitals with biblical scenes from the 12th century, many still retain their polychromy. The western portal, on the other side, was made ar the end of the 13th century with a distinctive Gothic style. The architecture, like many other churches in the region is a mix between Romanesque and Gothic. 

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Christophe Giroire (4 months ago)
Very pretty church whose construction began in the 11th / 12th century. When I visited, a new organ was being installed with most of the pipes still in their plastic covers. With the renovation of this part of the church it was very good.
Ian Harris (5 months ago)
Beautiful church, with well restored and interesting frescoes. The carved figures and what remains of the cloister are also worth seeing.
David Montaub (8 months ago)
Pleasant church open to the public
marcel haute (12 months ago)
Excellent place of worship and recreation .....
Sophie-Gwénaëlle Montaubric (2 years ago)
Very beautiful village. Very pretty church. The site is clean, well maintained. Everything breathes calm. A superb walk!
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