The Church of Saint-André is on the main square in the town of Sauveterre-de-Béarn, a small historic town in the Béarn province. the Church of Saint-André is a very interesting church that has retained substantial elements from its 12th century construction and now includes both roman and gothic architectural styles

At the front of the church there is a large porch, with the three arches at the front separated by moorish style columns. In the facade of the church above the porch there is a rose window with an ornamental surround in carved stone.

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

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lucy vignon-dodogaray (5 months ago)
Magnificent little town. Very beautiful view of the Pyrenees.
Gaston Lagaf (8 months ago)
Finally an open place of worship and moreover very beautiful. And in a pleasant village.
Jean-Robert Bos (10 months ago)
A very beautiful Béarnaise church with its decorations
Tom Molnar (2 years ago)
Pretty
Augustin Hamza (3 years ago)
Church looks very good. Medieval construction in roman style. The details are kept in a very good condition. There is a very nice perspective point of view of the river and other medieval constructions.
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