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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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Voilà une église romane incontournable à Poitiers, véritable chef d'œuvre de l'art roman en Poitou. L'iconographie sculptée sur la façade principale de l'Eglise Notre Dame est un véritable livre ouver... read more »That's a major Romanesque church in Poitiers, masterpiece of Romanesque art in Poitou. The iconography carved on the main façade of the Church of our Lady is a real book opened the new and the old testament. VERY BEAUTIFUL CONSERVATION; Interior paintings gives an atmosphere of meditation and healing.show original
Très belle architecture romane avec une histoire légendaire. Une particularité à l'intérieur : la voûte qui a une faille qui lui permet de résister au temps.Very beautiful Romanesque architecture with a legendary history. A special feature on the inside: the vault that has a flaw that allows it to withstand time.show original
Si vous aimez les bandes dessinées n'hésitez pas à déchiffrer ce portail. Dommage que contrairement à Conques, il n'existe 'pas un guide simple pour lire cette fresque très riche. Tant bien que mal av... read more »If you like comics don't hesitate to decipher this portal. Too bad that unlike Conques, there is ' not a simple guide to read this very rich fresco. As well as with its smartphone there. That said we were only four to visit this splendid monument. Interested in religious art he always?show original
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.
Beautifully preserved Roman basilica with 3 naves and original wall paintings.
Joao Cesar Escossia
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.
Lukács FedorBeautiful authentic paintingshow original
Christophe 37600The murals have been totally restored here is a small 15 of years. The effect is striking and refers us to the time of the first faithful... we see with our eyes what they could contemplate. And the medieval setting alone on the Place Charles De Gaulle is an invitation to stroll. The 19th of very prestigious law school premises are also splendid. Visible from the back as from the square of the media François Mitterrand.show original
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