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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  • Face-to-face exposure on the foundations, with a great welcome, see also the clock that is located in the centre of Issoire by Gambetta Street.
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  • Very beautiful Romanesque Abbey which is part of the five "major" tell Roman churches. A very beautiful restoration that highlights the paintings of the capitals and columns. A must-see because a real pleasure for the eyes
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  • A very good example of Romanesque art. The Tower of the clock next full visit to Issoire. Parking nearby is convenient.
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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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