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Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, Saint-Nectaire

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  • Beautiful Romanesque church set value and with explanations for all. The views from the edge of the Church are also to do
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  • Novel style, made of stone and typical of Auvergne, to see if we're going to St-Nectaire!
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  • The outside grey stone typical of the region. Very clear inside, novel, sober and beautiful style.
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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.
  • Very beautiful Romanesque church. The set is great. Beautiful stained glass windows.
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  • Very nice but she deserved guided visits to better understand its history
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  • Beautiful well-maintained Romanesque Basilica of type
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  • A village that has as much character as its cheese. The Church is noteworthy on its rocky promontory, and for the wealth of its Romanesque ornamentation. But Joao, another Local Guide, already said you below. Feel free to visit a cellar cheese, Fargeau for example.
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