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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  • Beautiful this transport both in the history of the city and in an original architecture for which comes from a more traditional region
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  • Abbey really special architecture seen from the outside. Very beautiful on the inside. Statue of 13 astrological signs outside. Worth a visit if you summers of passage in issoire
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  • An Interior in very good condition and a visit to do if you are passing in Issoire but beware this visit will not last very long because the abatialle is relatively small.
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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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