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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  • During a visit to the region, it is advisable to visit the five majors of Auvergne. French-speaking style, the octagonal Bell Tower, the radiating chapels are points in common with the other four majors. It's inside the Abbey of Saint-Austremoine stands out for its polychrome predominantly red. In France, polychrome interiors have rarely been kept and/or restored. Feel free to push the door to put you in the eyes.
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  • A visit of the place is if you go through Issoire. The paintings of the choir have been beautifully restored. Do not forget a visit to the crypt which worth the look.
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  • Great Abbey in the old quarters of issoire. Nice walk in the small streets on Saturday morning, a short walk, there is a market with many farmers with their agricultural production there is also chickens, rabbits of the pigeons of the eggs for sale
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  • very interesting painted columns and walls.
  • 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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  • 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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  • Church of Romanesque Auvergne splendid, near a lovely Park.
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  • Very beautiful Abbey.
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