Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, France

The Romanesque Abbey church was constructed in the mid-11th century and contains many beautiful 11th- and 12th-century murals which are still in a remarkable state of preservation. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.

The cruciform church carries a square tower over its crossing. The transept was built first, then the choir with its ambulatory with five radial chapels in the polygonal apse. In the next building campaign, three bays of the nave were added, the bell tower and its porch, and finally the last six bays of the nave. The bell tower is finished by a fine stone spire more than 80 meters high, added in the 14th century (and restored in the 19th century).

The barrel vaulted nave is supported on magnificently-scaled column with foliate capitals.

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Founded: c. 1050
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Chris ling (2 years ago)
Well worth a visit lots to see hand do ..take a river stroll .
Richard Whitney (2 years ago)
WOW! Well worth the trip!
Dantè Spardason (2 years ago)
Worth a visit.
Martin Taylor (2 years ago)
Beautiful!
Gary Worrall (2 years ago)
Well worth a visit.
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