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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  • August 17, 2017
    A must-see, richly decorated monastic beautiful, exceptional place full of history and emotions! A little break to Issoire to gather simply! Thanks for the chance to visit places like this! This isn't the 1st time I come and I always come back!
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  • August 15, 2017
    The Abbey is a magnificent monument to do! Beautiful and full of history, it is a religious place where you feel really good! To do!
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  • August 13, 2017
    There are few religious buildings still having their wall decorations (original or repeat), it is the case of the Abbey of Issoire, and that's all just beautiful. Also, it would be a shame to go through this charming town without visiting this monument
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  • May 11, 2017
    very interesting painted columns and walls.
  • August 31, 2017
    By making a stopover in this village to eat, we have been inspired by the visit to this church. Special and pretty. I was impressed of the work of the paintings!
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  • August 9, 2017
    Beautiful church in the center of Issoir with a beautiful interior and medallions with the signs of the Zodiac on the outside
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  • August 11, 2017
    Church of Romanesque Auvergne splendid, near a lovely Park.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Very beautiful Abbey.
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