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Abbey of Saint-Savin, Saint-Savin
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L'abbaye vaut le détour ! Très belle visite et magnifiques fresques . Prenez des jumelles pour mieux apprécier les fresques sur la voûte de la nef. Colonnes impressionnantes. Très beaux vitraux restau... read more »The Abbey is worth the trip! Very nice and beautiful frescoes. Take binoculars to better appreciate the frescoes on the vault of the nave. Impressive columns. Beautiful restored stained glass windows. I also wanted to attend a concert in the Abbey. It must be worth it.show original
Je n'avais pas encore vu d'église peinte de cette façon. Jusqu'aux colonnes. Ça semble si simple et en même temps c'est très beau.I had not yet seen Church painted in this way. Until the columns. It seems so simple and at the same time it's very beautiful.show original
André Malraux a dit que les fresques de Saint Savin étaient la sixtine de l'époque Roman. J'ai été vraiment impressionné par le niveau de conservation de ces œuvres malgrés les plus de huit cents ans.... read more »André Malraux said that the frescoes of Saint Savin were the Sistine at that time Roman. I was really impressed by the level of conservation of these works, despite the more than eight hundred years. Everything is really beautiful. Do not miss the guided tour.show original
Joao Cesar Escossia
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.
Great place and friendly people.
Sophie boucherVery beautiful Abbey. Absolutely worth seeing if you go no further.show original
Luca PeregoBeautiful Abbey, with frescoed colenne so curious enoughshow original
TYP Tadpole Yellowish ProductionChurch very ghetto! (good lease for bicrav)show original
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