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Church of Notre Dame la Grande, Poitiers

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Church of Notre Dame la Grande is a part of the Catholic diocese of Poitiers and is situated next to the Palace of Justice. The church was first referred to as the Sancta Maria Maior in historical texts dating back to the tenth century. The exact date of its construction is not known. It was renovated and inaugurated for the second time in 1086, by Pope Urban II. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Church of Notre Dame la Grande and many more Poitiers attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Poitiers trip generator.
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  • How this does not get excellent reviews is incomprehensible to me. The painted columns are superb and yes it is a bit dark... but the gives you the atmosphere of the times. I just loved it  more »
  • This is in the centre of Poitier, surrounded by Restaurants and shops, one of the hot spots of the city.  more »
  • We often visit this church as it's near our French home - love it and imagine the pilgrims in the middle ages en route to Compostela as this is on the route. Beautiful, not commercialised, a sacred pl...  more »
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  • Beautifully preserved Roman basilica with 3 naves and original wall paintings.
  • The church is located in a square that sits high in the townscape, one comes upon it unawares, and is immediately struck by the beauty of it's intricately carved façade. It is the most beautiful example of Romanesque architecture, I've ever seen. The sensitive use of subdued lighting on the the jewel like colors of the sanctuary draw the visitor so completely into the past, one can't help feel the power this place once held for the faithful. The feeling of the sacred feminine is so strongly evidenced here one wonders what vision inspired it's architect.
  • The Église Notre-Dame-la-Grande in Poitiers is a magnificent Romanesque-Byzantine church from the 11th and 12th centuries. Its wide facade is flanked by pinecone-shaped towers and covered in carvings of saints and biblical scenes. The west front of Notre-Dame-la-Grande (c.1150) is one of the finest Romanesque facades in France. It is flanked by turrets topped with conical spires, which, along with the rich sculpture, are the hallmarks of Poitou Romanesque architecture. The sculpture of the west front is divided into three tiers. The middle and top tiers are a jumbled array of carved saints, prophets, creatures and foliage. The bottom tier tells the story of Jesus from right to left, based on The Drama of the Prophets, a fifth-century sermon. From left to the right, the carvings depict: In the middle tier, the word of God is spread by the Twelve Apostles (eight seated below; four standing above) and two local bishop-saints on either end: Hilary and Martin. Only a few apostles still have distinguishable faces; among them is St. Peter, with keys in his left hand. The top tier features a richly-carved oval medallion of Christ in Glory (now headless), surmounted by the sun and moon and surrounded by the symbols of the Four Evangelists. There are interesting carvings of creatures and foliage in thearches at eye-level, too. The interior consists of a dark, barrel-vaulted nave with no clerestory, narrower side aisles, a transept crossing topped with a tower, a small choir, and a groin-vaulted ambulatory with radiating chapels. A faded 12th-century fresco survives on the choir vault. The rest of the murals, which cover the nave columns and other surfaces with garish geometrical designs, date from the 19th century. There is only one narrative capital, which depicts the Ascension of Christ with angels.
  • "The battle of Poitiers" area. The ancient city from the Gallic Roman era. Located on a small hill. Can't wait to see the Romanesque style of architecture. I liked the stained-glass Windows.
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