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Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, Saint-Nectaire

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  • Beautiful church we did the tour guide very well explained us the history of this church
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  • The Church of for nothing she certainly pretty with the relics but much too touristy of many screaming kids because they do not want to be there, be nice take them out! Gentlemen remove your hats and caps a church is not the place of the village or l are discussed informally but go out of holidays
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  • A beautiful monument to see if we're going down, its size, its exposure... And on authors like that, we have a lovely view of the surrounding area.
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  • Dominating the small village of St-Nectaire-le-Haut in the Auvergne region of southern France, Saint-Nectaire Church dates from the 12th century. It contains a fine set of Romanesque capitals and a treasury of medieval art. Located on high ground and surrounded by lush forests, the stately church of Saint-Nectaire towers over the small village of St-Nectaire-le-Haut. Its situation is somewhat less attractive from close-up, as it is now surrounded by a small lawn and paved parking lot. The church is constructed of local trachyte stone in various shades of grey, arranged in attractive patterns. On the apse, the stone is cut into a fine inlaid pattern of stars inside circles. Similar decorations can be seen on each end of the transept. The church's highest point is the octagonal crossing tower, topped with a pyramid-shaped roof. This dates from the 19th century, as do the twin square towers on the west facade. From the east, there is a fine view of the flat "lantern" transept, the semicircular apse with inlaid stars, three radiating chapels, and an apsidal chapel on each transept arm. Overall, it is a striking and impressive sight. The interior is an attractive space with many details of interest. The nave is supported by round columns with carved capitals, some retaining traces of original paint. Among the subjects depicted on the capitals are the Temptation of Christ; Moses being saved from crocodile-infested water by Pharaoh's daugher; a donkey playing a lyre and a man riding a goat; and St. Baudime slaying a wild bear.
  • Friendly Church, small but full of history (as almost all!) Guided tours take place, I could see a group with their guide.
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  • Very pretty Romanesque church
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  • Very beautiful Romanesque church
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  • Very beautiful Romanesque church. The set is great. Beautiful stained glass windows.
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