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L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine

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Address: Issoire, France

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Beautiful church with painted columns

A very distinctive Romanesque style church well worth a visit. Inside it is beautiful with amazing stained glass windows and painted columns looking like it was originally. This... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2016
Jacqui E
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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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Midhurst, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

A very distinctive Romanesque style church well worth a visit. Inside it is beautiful with amazing stained glass windows and painted columns looking like it was originally. This was done in the 19 th century and gives one an idea of how bright and beautiful church interiors were centuries ago.

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Warragul, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Spectacular to see from a distance as it is a grand imposing edifice. The ornate brick,stone work outside and the architectural design is just amazing, it is truly beautiful. Worth a detour to this town just to spend an hour at this site. Once inside the colours of reds and gold are splashed everywhere. Pillars normally grey are decorated in... More 

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Thank Christine F
Wotton-under-Edge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

Even if you are only stopping in Issoire en route, it is worth finding time to visit this beautiful building especially the wonderful capitals in the chancel.

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Tolmin, Slovenia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 2016

This Romanesque church is really something. It looks big, but nothing special from outside. But inside there is an amazing surprise. The painted columns emphasize the beauty of this church. One of the most beautiful I have seen in my journey around France.

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Thank Soccca
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015

A fantastically decorated religious building, looks good if dirty fro mthe outrside but inside it is magnificent with painted columns and walls and great stained glass. Well worth a visit. It is situated outside the Tourist office and a car park so ideal

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Thank Garry M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2015

Interesting town unspoilt by mass tourism. The Abbey church is an outstanding example of Romanesque architecture.

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Thank Ustinian
Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 July 2015

you have to see, the architecture, the colors, the "ogive", all the nef, i am parisian and used to visit notre dame and for the "gothique" period, the must have and see is notre dame but for the "roman" period, go ahaed for this

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 May 2015

Best Romanesque church in the area, painted like it was done yesterday, the stained glass window were magnificent.

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Thank LycettJanet
Winchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2014

The outside of the church had many small chapels clustered around the east end and the columns of the nave had been painted in geometric and floral designs which gave brightness to the church. The morning sun filtered through the stained glass windows and made enchanting patterns of colour on the floor. In the crypt was "La chasse" a turquoise... More 

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Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

remarkable Romanesque church - unusually (in my experience) with richly painted columns including the carved decorations at the top

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