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Eglise Abbatiale, Lavaudieu

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Religious Site
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 world travel planner, Lavaudieu Edition.
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  • Lavaudieu is a charming medieval village. Only local residents are permitted to drive in the village but there is a car park on its edge. It is beautiful and a photographer's paradise! The guided comb...  more »
  • Such a lovely small town - and the abbey was really interesting. Fabulous frescoes on the vaulted ceilings. Also delightfully cool on a hot day.  more »
  • This review is for the Village of Lavaudieu. Notice the Office du tourisme is closed on Tuesday. Go to the dictionary, find the definition of 'picturesque', Make sure your digital camera is empty with...  more »
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  • Very beautiful light in this Abbey. Do not miss the cloister and the amazing echo room.
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  • Superb monument. A must see.
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  • A place full of charm, beautiful!
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  • Magnificent Abbey where a festival takes place every year
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  • Absolutely superb. A sumptuous, imposing, massive and unforgettable Abbey.
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