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. Use our Issoire tour itinerary builder to arrange your visit to L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine and other attractions in Issoire.
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  • Beautiful Abbey Church in color and in the style of the region C is a feast for the eyes there are currently renovations so we n couldn't see its exterior but inside catches up with all
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  • We came around 11am and was very lucky to catch the colourful plays of sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows. The abbey is quite big with a crypt to visit. But there seems to be no way ...  more »
  • The inside is painted in warm colors and geometrical and plant motifs. Apparently the paintings were last retouched over a century ago but they are vibrant and seem much more recent.  more »
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  • very interesting painted columns and walls.
  • Worth a look, do not forget to go down and see the crypt or the fresco of the last judgment. Place very bright, colorful, praying.
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  • Sumptuous! One of the five major cathedrals of the roman Auvergne. A true masterpiece. It is dedicated to Austremoine de Clermont, first bishop of Clermont-Fernand and evangelizer of the Auvergne. The Interior of this Cathedral is painted in polychromy by restoration work carried out by the painter Anatole Dauvergne in the nineteenth century. These paintings roman spirit and colourful with dominant Red-Brown, were made in a spirit that is novel and carried out according to the technique of fresco. See, the choir is surrounded by eight columns successful capitals telling the biblical story.
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  • Superb Romanesque Abbey Church
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  • Beautiful church
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