Saint-Sever-de-Rustan Abbey

Saint-Sever-de-Rustan, France

The Abbey of Saint-Sever-de-Rustan is one of the most exciting architectural Hautes-Pyrenees. In Gallo-Roman origin, the site hosts an early Benedictine abbey. It promotes the birth of the fortified town which is fast becoming the capital of Rustan. The ancient Romanesque Abbey reaches us, over the years, such reconstructions of destruction in a ship stranded on the shores of Arros. All major architectural styles of the past millennium are present, the fullness of Romanesque splendors of the woodwork to Louis the 15th through the exuberance of the Baroque. The 18th century was its peak, this is called 'Little Versailles in Gascony.'

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Founded: 9th century AD
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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