L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine, Issoire
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Built in the 12th century, L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine is one of the five major Romanesque abbeys in France with 19th century interior restorations. It boasts the most impressive steeple and the characteristic silhouette due to its massive oblong architecture and octagonal bell tower. It is built from a type of limestone called "arkose" that gives the abbey its signature color. The exterior decoration and mosaics are ornately made with a type of volcanic rock called "basalt." Visit the interior adorned with 19th century Italian-style frescoes that are rare in France and the ornately carved "chapiteaux" (flared columns) with the famous "Last Supper" carving. A visit to L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Issoire vacation trip planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Superb for architecture, paintings, stained glass, one of the most beautiful buildings of Romanesque art of Auvergne, it worth to push the door
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  • a wonder of colors, without doubt the most beautiful Romanesque church of Auvergne. Pretty gift shop to take a book or postal cards that will remind you of this wonderful visit.
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  • Abbey in Lower Auvergne founded Holy Ostremuan christened local Gallic tribes (3rd century). The most famous and beautiful church of the Abbey-Church of St. Avstremonija in Issoire, which was built in the 9th century, made in Romanesque style
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  • The Interior of the Church is fully painted, which seems quite rare in France. The proportions are harmonious. A very beautiful Romanesque church, to see if you're in the area.
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  • Superb murals
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