Sainte-Quitterie Church

Aire-sur-l'Adour, France

Sainte-Quitterie Church was erected in the late 11th century and was transformed in to the Gothic style in 14th century. The church was badly damaged during  the by Protestant army in 1569 and altered later. Today it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of  the Pilgrimage Routes to Santiago de Compostela.


Your name


Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)


4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Sebastien R (2 months ago)
Un lieu chargé d'histoire. Un lieu parfaitement présenté par notre guide. Merci pour la préservation de notre patrimoine.
K B (3 months ago)
A must-see stopover. Disappointment for the visits that are on schedule and not on a regular basis, you have to go haphazardly to be able to enter. The crypt? Even rarer to see it open. PS: if you are really interested and motivated to see it, it is better to call the Tourist Office to avoid unpleasant surprises. Allee, we must not be shy, we call before putting red pOsses!
Madeleine Bacquier (4 months ago)
Very beautiful church absolutely having the crypt. Very beautiful emotions.
Isa S (5 months ago)
Disappointment in finding closed doors! No indication specifying the reason for this closure. So I couldn't see the choir or the famous crypt .... The exterior is majestic, it is true, with its large Gothic portal and it is a pity not to have been able to discover the interior of the Sainte-Quitterie church :-(
Julie Kulesza (3 years ago)
Beautifully restored , very informative guide , an amazing space in the crypt
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Holy Trinity Column

The Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc is a Baroque monument built in 1716–1754 in honour of God. The main purpose was a spectacular celebration of Catholic Church and faith, partly caused by feeling of gratitude for ending a plague, which struck Moravia between 1713 and 1715. The column was also understood to be an expression of local patriotism, since all artists and master craftsmen working on this monument were Olomouc citizens, and almost all depicted saints were connected with the city of Olomouc in some way. The column is the biggest Baroque sculptural group in the Czech Republic. In 2000 it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list.

The column is dominated by gilded copper sculptures of the Holy Trinity accompanied by the Archangel Gabriel on the top and the Assumption of the Virgin beneath it.

The base of the column, in three levels, is surrounded by 18 more stone sculptures of saints and 14 reliefs in elaborate cartouches. At the uppermost stage are saints connected with Jesus’ earth life – his mother’s parents St. Anne and St. Joachim, his foster-father St. Joseph, and St. John the Baptist, who was preparing his coming – who are accompanied by St. Lawrence and St. Jerome, saints to whom the chapel in the Olomouc town hall was dedicated. Three reliefs represent the Three theological virtues Faith, Hope, and Love.

Below them, the second stage is dedicated to Moravian saints St. Cyril and St. Methodius, who came to Great Moravia to spread Christianity in 863, St. Blaise, in whose name one of the main Olomouc churches is consecrated, and patrons of neighbouring Bohemia St. Adalbert of Prague and St. John of Nepomuk, whose following was very strong there as well.

In the lowest stage one can see the figures of an Austrian patron St. Maurice and a Bohemian patron St. Wenceslas, in whose names two important Olomouc churches were consecrated, another Austrian patron St. Florian, who was also viewed as a protector against various disasters, especially fire, St. John of Capistrano, who used to preach in Olomouc, St. Anthony of Padua, a member of the Franciscan Order, which owned an important monastery in Olomouc, and St. Aloysius Gonzaga, a patron of students. His sculpture showed that Olomouc was very proud of its university. Reliefs of all twelve apostles are placed among these sculptures.

The column also houses a small chapel inside with reliefs depicting Cain's offering from his crop, Abel's offering of firstlings of his flock, Noah's first burnt offering after the Flood, Abraham's offering of Isaac and of a lamb, and Jesus' death. The cities of Jerusalem and Olomouc can be seen in the background of the last mentioned relief.