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Eglise Abbatiale, Lavaudieu

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#7 of 11 in Historic Sites in Haute-Loire
Religious Site Tourist Spot
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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  • Take the walking tour of this charming little village: Street main and path along the River to different points of view. Picnic by the River, but beware there is no trade in the village. The Abbey Church is very beautiful and the frescoes that decorate her deserve careful observation. However we could not visit the cloister because the opening scheduled for 14: 00 during a first visit is mysteriously transported to 15 h... A diabolical trick, no doubt...
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  • This small village of 250 people are home to a small wonder: the Abbey and its cloister. I recommend you the visit with the Tourist Office (just in front of the Abbey on the site) that will explain all of the hours of glory and decline of this place.
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  • During our trip to the beautiful Auvergne where we alternated beautiful walks on volcanoes with visits of small villages churches and museums, following a route reccommended, we arrived in the small village of Lavadieu famous for the Abbey with its cloister. I will not dwell on the description of the Church and the cloister, already widely treated by previous comments, but I would like to emphasize the skill of our guide Nicolette for its ability in describing every detail of cloister speaking slowly, what for us Italians praised for well appreciate all the different details. Vist Nicolette!!
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  • Avoid to go there now: the cloister is inaccessible and the tapestry of the heart in restoration... There is still a little on his end.
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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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  • Under the snow. .
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  • Visited too fast!
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