L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine, Issoire

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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  • A very distinctive Romanesque style church well worth a visit. Inside it is beautiful with amazing stained glass windows and painted columns looking like it was originally. This was done in the 19 th ...  more »
  • Spectacular to see from a distance as it is a grand imposing edifice. The ornate brick,stone work outside and the architectural design is just amazing, it is truly beautiful. Worth a detour to this to...  more »
  • Even if you are only stopping in Issoire en route, it is worth finding time to visit this beautiful building especially the wonderful capitals in the chancel.  more »
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  • very interesting painted columns and walls.
  • Very beautiful church relationship
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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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  • Rong! ♡
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  • Beautiful building! peaceful and praying.
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