Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude, Brioude

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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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  • Beautiful floor made of stones of the river Allier, ground that can be found in other places again in Brioude. Stained glass windows have been redone any other style. There are only 2 choices: either we like or we don't like. Choose a sunny day to fully admire the stained glass windows.
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  • A nice discovery awaits you. Lights are superb and transformed the Interior in fairyland!
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  • Very beautiful Basilica with stones of different colors, all is beautiful to visit if you are in the area
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  • This is a rather unusual and very interesting basilica. I loved the many beautiful stone sculpted ornaments, both outside and inside. But there is a lot more to the building that makes it worth a visit. Was very surprised this location was not mentioned in the popular travel guide that I use 😉
  • Great little basilica, with impressive glass works
  • Was Jean-luc, Alfred was afaam association
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  • Magnificent gift from the past. See transport in time. I just find it unfortunate the new windows but are not ugly so far. Magnificent chorus. Entry into the tomb of the saint, but no one to tell his story. Too bad. Visit anyway!
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  • The largest of the churches in the Auvergne. But this originally Romanesque basilica was modified by Gothic additions and as a result, she does not fit in Romanesque architecture used for the great edifices of Auvergne and is not part of the "major" representative of art Auvergne novel. The fact remains, however, that the whole is superb and a great architectural beauty. Note the geometrical paving of pebbles from the river Allier. the stained glass windows are notable, contemporary for most, they are the work of father Kim in-Joong in 2007/2008.
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