Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude, Brioude

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Religious Site Church
Built in the 11th and 12th centuries, Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude is the largest Romanesque basilica in Auvergne. Unlike other Auvergne churches, this basilica does not have massive oblong architecture; instead it has ornamental windows (replaced by contemporary stained glass due to their loss during the revolution) that are rare for major area churches becauss they are bay-blind framed to form triplets. Look for the beautiful exterior mosaic made of multicolored stone rosettes on the walkways and building exterior. The interior has beautiful polychrome gray, red, white, and black sandstone and marble from nearby quarries, diverse Chapiteaux (flared columns), Gothic statues and furniture, as well as wall paintings from the 12th and 13th centuries. Using our world travel planner, Brioude attractions like Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This Basilica is quite exceptional, firstly because it is one of the best examples of Romanesque art in the region (XI ° s), a size the largest of Auvergne, on the other hand because it is very well kept, unusual. The alternation of full color, red, white and black stones, gives him a typical character, both inside and outside. Paving, often original, is quite rare. There are of beautiful polychrome frescoes of XIII ° s in the South stand. One can admire an amazing statue of the Virgin of parturient of the XV ° s, rarely represented theme. Not to be missed either the beautiful crypt with the relics of St. Julien. Also do the tour of the building, to admire especially the bedside and radiating chapels.
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  • A beautiful apse with ambulatory, of stones of different colors of the most beautiful effect, modern stained glass due to the Dominican Kim En Joong
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  • Beautiful Basilica, the white stones, pink and yellow, ground atipyque that is worth the visit alone, it seems big, bright and peaceful. Adorned with sculptures including the Virgin of the bird, it will be a perfect moment of calm in your discovery of Brioude.
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  • Great little basilica, with impressive glass works
  • Stained glass: a modern horror that disfigures this Romanesque church.
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  • These very nice Basilica has bintos
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  • Great, I love too. 😍😍😍
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  • Very nice place.
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