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Eglise de Saint-Nectaire, Saint-Nectaire

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  • Harmonic romanic building on the bottom of a green valley, really worth the visit, especially for the interior: all the columns in the chorus are decorated with scenes from the Bible, amazing as they ...  more »
  • Contrary to some earlier posts, this is a very old church which is still very much in use and not a museum! It dates back mainly to the 12th century and boasts magnificent stained-glass windows and el...  more »
  • Church not really old, but interesting and has lovely windows. Walking distance of St Nectar village, but up steep hill.  more »
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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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  • Pretty great Church
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  • Beautiful church
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  • Very nice but she deserved tours to better understand its history
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