L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine, Issoire

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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  • Sublime murals in this magnificent Abbey, part of which is in restoration, we see workers at work, perched on scaffolding. We don't know where to look so everything is beautiful, the characters in color on the heads of marquees, statues, paintings on the walls, stained glass...
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  • It's worth the trip. Magnificent. He missed me a little history because the place has no doubt much. I've seen at the output that an information brochure was available, too bad for me. But it's worth worth to be seen... putting himself in the place of men and women from hundreds of years ago.
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  • Abbey majestic and impressive. Really impressive Romanesque masterpiece. restoration of the nineteenth colored as in the middle age.
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  • very interesting painted columns and walls.
  • Very beautiful church relationship
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  • A nice Church, it is a pity that in renovation
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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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  • Rong! ♡
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