Abbey of Saint-Savin, Saint-Savin

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  • August 16, 2017
    Accompanied by a guest, I'll be back, three months after my first visit, in this prestigious and staple of the region place. After a free tour of the Church, we chose to do a guided tour paid the Abbey. The lady that drove the visit showed passionate, relevant but also capable of humor. His comments have allowed us to learn about the ancient frescoes and the history of the place. The visit to the floor proved to be very interesting. A lot of information are made available in a fun way. The screening of the film allows to dive back into the time and understand the difficulties faced by the artists. To conclude, I resumed the title: the guided tour is really useful to understand these ancient paintings.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Awe of these paintings that have survived the centuries. Impressive building, very friendly and very professional guide. To discover: "the Sistine of Europe said André Malraux!
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  • August 11, 2017
    The visit of the Abbey (paid) has nothing extraordinary except that it prepares the magnificence that awaits us in the Abbey Church. This last visit (free) put us in their eyes because the many frescos are superb and all painted pillars gives an extra stamp.
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  • September 8, 2017
    One very special place to visit
  • June 10, 2017
    Amy, I need pants
  • February 10, 2014
    Dubbed the "Romanesque Sistine Chapel," the Abbey of Saint-Savin is a World Heritage Site near Poitiers that is famed for its many beautiful and well-preserved 11th- and 12th-century murals. The Church of Saint-Savin dates mainly from the end of the 11th century, but some parts—including the transept with wings, square tower, and the crypts of St. Martin and of the Saints Savin and Cyprian—are even older. It has a three-aisled nave with nine bays, an apse with radiating chapels at the east end and a clocher-porche (bell-tower structure) on the west. Steps descend to the narthex and from there to the floor of the nave, whose bare round columns are topped with deeply-carved capitals in foliage motifs. But the chief attraction of this attractive Romanesque church are its murals, because of their graceful beauty, extensiveness, and relatively good state of preservation. Dating from between the end of the 11th century and the beginning of the 12th century, they illustrate an extensive array of major biblical stories. One pictorial cycle, depicting the Apocalypse, covers the ceiling of the clocher-porche and the tympanum of the doorway opening into the church. A second series illustrates events from Genesis and Exodus across the entire barrel-vaulting of the central nave: the creation of the earth and the stars; the birth of Eve; the Temptation and its consequences; the story of Cain and Abel; the flood; Noah and his descendants; Abraham; Joseph, the crossing of the Red Sea; workers constructing the Tower of Babel. The Passion of Christ is painted in the upper tribune of the porch, which incorporates scenes of the martyrs; large figures of saints are found in the choir and on the piers of the transept. Finally, the lives and martyrdoms of Saint Savin and Saint Cyprian occupy the walls of the crypts which bear their names.
  • October 25, 2013
    Great place and friendly people.
  • August 29, 2017
    Absolutely superb site, fully painted and overelaborate Abbey Church. The young guide who accompanied us is a well of science and it is affordable for ordinary people. A staple of the sites of Vienna. The staff is friendly and attentive.
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