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Tres bonnes explications données à l'accueil pour le sens de la visite. Film expliquant la création de la fresque très bien fait more »Very good explanations given at the reception for the meaning of the visit. Movie explaining the creation of the mural done very wellView original
A voir absolument. Magnifique église et l abbaye est remplie de curiosités. Visite guidée possible. Cadre agréable more »A must see. Beautiful church and the Abbey is filled with curiosities. Guided tour possible. Nice settingView original
Fresques magnifiques et impressionnantes. La visite seule de l'église aurait suffit ... la partie plante est intéressante mais sans plus et le jardin ridicule ... more »Impressive and magnificent frescoes. The only visit of the Church would have enough... the plant part is interesting but no more and the ridiculous garden...View 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.
Brigitte LafargueBeautiful...! :)View original
TYP Tadpole Yellowish ProductionChurch very ghetto! (good lease for bicrav)View original
Sophie boucherVery beautiful Abbey. Absolutely worth seeing if you go no further.View original
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