Eglise Abbatiale, Lavaudieu

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#8 of 18 in Historic Sites in Haute-Loire
The abbey church, Eglise Abbatiale, is a large granite building that is 75 m (246 ft) long, 24 m (78 ft) wide, and 18 m (59 ft) high. The Romanesque cloister is one of the jewels of Auvergne religious heritage, making this an essential visit. Clement VI himself oversaw the operation of the site and provided the finances to build the church in 1344. The abbey façade has huge towers placed on prominent buttresses firmly fixed into the ground thus accentuating the vertical lines. The architecture is known as "Gothic Languedocienne" from the Languedoc region of south-central France. Fifteenth century statues representing the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Apostle accompany a crucifix dating back to 1603. Eglise Abbatiale is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Lavaudieu Edition.
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  • An exquisite Abbey church set in a beautiful calm and quiet ancient hamlet. The church is remarkable for the remains of frescoes which adorn the walls and ceilings. A quiet place of calm.  more »
  • Ah the Auvergne... my sweet Auvergne... What a delight to be voluntarily lost me at Lavaudieu. Encouraged by my mother to visit this place, and passionate about medieval religious architecture, I'm thrilled me to be arrested here. Great discovery! We did the tour of the cloister with the Lady of the tourist office, and I must say that I was surprised by the quality of it! I can therefore only recommend... and more, the place is great...
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  • This used to be a prosperous nunnery in the XIVth century. The Church and its attendant Cloister in the Roman style contain a series of interesting frescoes. You pay a fee for an excellent guided tour...  more »

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