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Eglise Abbatiale, Lavaudieu
(4.3/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
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  • A must if you go there! the village is beautiful! It usurps not his label of "most beautiful villages of France". Buildings are superb, the small streets call to linger, and the surroundings are really beautiful. Parking at the entrance of the village is that there are very few cars floating around, which is nice. A picnic at the entrance area to take a nice break with view on the village.
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  • Ranked among the most beautiful villages of FRANCE, built around a Romanesque Abbey. The ride in the streets early in the morning or late at night is a delightful discovery. Superbly illuminated village at night, to see from the bridge on the SEMOUISE. Abbey of SAINT-ANDRÉ: the oldest parts date back to the XI and XII centuries, the Bell Tower outside was beheaded the revolution then covered and overcome, not a rooster, but of a Phrygian cap. In the center of the nave a beautiful CHRIST in Majesty. Superb murals of Italian school (XIV century) THE CLOISTER: I did not visit it, because tour only, and there is more to my arrival. A beautiful village, very nice and a very beautiful church to do. Visit the 21/09/2016
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  • The village seen from the Ford is very nice. The alleys that wind along beautiful stone houses make you discover the nooks and crannies all very pleasant to look at. Too bad the cloister was not open. Lovely relaxing and quiet place.
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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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