Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude, Brioude

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Religious Site
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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  • well worth a vist, right in middle of Brioude plenty of interesting things especially the stain glassed windows.  more »
  • If you are or near the town of Brioude, you owe it to yourself to make a brief visit to this church in the center of town. So many small town churches in Europe look dully the same. Not this one! Even...  more »
  • Very traditional Basilique with lots of original paintings on the upstairs wall. Beautiful floor inside looks like river stones. Lots to see.  more »
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  • Very nice place.
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  • A building that I greatly advise you to go see. With magnificent stained-glass windows, and the stones which is the Basilica very atypical.
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  • I loved the modern stained glass! After I understand that would not fasse.pas unanimous
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  • Majestic
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