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Abbaye Saint-Philibert

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Address: Place de l'Abbaye, 71700 Tournus, France

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Wonderful romanesque church

Saint Philibert is absolutely stunning ; very high nave, owing to an unusual way of building the vaults ; interesting mosaics ; the organ, in a "swallow nest", is very beautiful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Paris, France
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Saint Philibert is absolutely stunning ; very high nave, owing to an unusual way of building the vaults ; interesting mosaics ; the organ, in a "swallow nest", is very beautiful to look at, and presumably to listen to, but I did not have the opportunity to hear it. One can access an attic abopve the nartex, behind the organ... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We visited the Abbaye Saint-Philibert a couple of weeks ago whilst taking a day trip to Tournus from Sennecey Le Grand. I was amazed at how huge the Abbey is and in particular the space above the main building which you can reach via a windy staircase. There are some beautiful chapels within as well as some interesting mosaics which... More 

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Chamonix, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I am ambivalent at best about visiting historical sites unless they're the classics of the great Italian cities or offer something fairly unique. But I allowed myself to be convinced to visit Tournus, and I'm glad I did. You'd have to be a heathen to find the architecture unimpressive. The pink stone and gorgeous stained glass windows give the interior... More 

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Louhans, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I love this roman style church, as it is very light and the architecture makes the building seem so fresh and delightful. It is in the center of the town of Tournus, very easily accessible and very well preserved. Everything in this church is adorable and thre is a lot of pieces of art to be seen, like the Madonna... More 

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This old mediaeval town contains the beautiful abbey of Saint Philibert. Although it is about 1000 years old it is in good condition and it is possible to visit the crypt and go up the tower into a chapel above the main church. Also there is a beautiful cloister. You can reach this place by bus number 14 from Macon... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

We have visited Abbey of St. Phibert of Tournus on 29 September. It was a well preserved fortress-like Romanesque church with many interesting features. The abbey was composed of a group of buildings, of which the most remarkable was its church built between the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The Abbey of Saint Philibert was considered as one of the oldest... More 

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Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

You will surprised by the monumental evidence of this Abbey and its cloyster. Very well kept and restored.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Don't be fooled by admission charge, this is for an audio guide but you can just go in the abbey f.o.c. Very well kept abbey and worth a look inside.

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I have been to scores of Abbeys and found that this one made a big initial impression and then continued to grow on me. The mosaics are quite good as is the ship of the cathedral. Around every corner is something else to catch your eye and fancy.

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is a very well maintained building in a beautiful setting and has lots of history, its completely free access and although very plain is a very impassive building, the stained glass looks really well with the bare stone.

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