Église de Saint-Nectaire

Église de Saint-Nectaire

Église de Saint-Nectaire
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James C
Egliseneuve-d'Entraigues, France17 contributions
Couples
The somewhat drab exterior of this church hides a light and calm interior. Whilst perched majestically on a rocky outcrop the copious amount of tarmac takes the aged feel away from this venerable 12th century building. Subtle interior lighting and some glittering religious artifacts catch the eye. As ever, all notices of interest are in French, so some pre-visit reading is advised. Thirty minutes at most should suffice, then a browse of the small selection of tourist tat in the sprinkling of stalls outside can be washed down with a coffee or something stronger at the nearby restaurant. Parking, I suspect, will be tricky in high season.
Written June 13, 2021
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EdgarCosset
Brooklyn, NY1,566 contributions
The church of Saint Nectaire is a must-see in the Auvergne. It is the second smallest of the Five Great Sanctuaries, but the perfect proportions and stunning setting make it in many ways the most satisfying. In books specializing in Romanesque Auvergne it regularly holds the place of honor on the cover. There is a large parking lot right at the church. But if you have time, hike up from the lower village and drive to the top of Mont Cornadore for the best views.

The interior is worth an hour or more to examine the 103 capital faces with classical foliage themes and 22 historiated images: stories of Christ and the namesake saint featuring over 80 sculpted figures. Imagine angels and demons, a fierce rider of the Apocalypse and dramatic scenes of Jesus’ Betrayal, Passion, Resurrection and Last Judgement. Scholars identify three different workshops in the sculpture to include the artisans of Notre-Dame-du-Port in Clermont-Ferrand. Traces of original paint add to your appreciation. For art historians, the original narthex holds particular interest.

An 800-year-old statue of the Virgin and Child is especially compelling and reminds us of the dozens of such images in the Auvergne to include many so-called Black Madonna’s. The crypt contains other treasures. The 12th c. Limoges reliquary bust of Saint Baudine, an associate of Nectaire, is striking in his intense gaze and carefully modeled hair and beard.

Finally, as with all medieval churches, what to make of the restorations? At Saint Nectaire they seem admirably sensitive. Yes, the stain glass is 19th c, but it is well-crafted. The second level of the bell tower is also an addition of the last century but is historically correct. We know the original was demolished during the French Revolution, which decreed their height all over France proof of the arrogance of the Church. And the towers of the western facade are additions but are true to the Carolingian tradition, adding to the harmony of the profile.

For a longer visit to the town, try a spa and get a tasting of the famous St. Nectaire cheese. And just a few miles further is the Chateau of Murol, a place fun for the whole family.
Written October 10, 2021
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Seasondtraveller
Paris4,353 contributions
The village is perhaps even better known for producing one of the region's famous cheeses, but don't miss out on the gorgeous church.
Written May 14, 2021
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Val C
New Mills, UK95 contributions
Solo
Outside this church looks old and dark and medieval but inside was amazing. It is light and airy and beautiful. I just wanted to sit in the quiet and beauty and just be. Outside it was hot and busy, inside I felt as though I was away from the world. Around the choir are the best decorated capitols I have seen, many of them showing a hint of the original colours. There was quiet music in the background which was very relaxing and added to the ambience.
Written July 16, 2013
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Bert
Mechelen, Belgium2 contributions
Couples
Pretty church, feels very peaceful, interesting church treasure, marking on the ground were practical to follow. Good visible signs how to follow the rules concerning covid restrictions
Written July 14, 2020
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frenchog
New York City, NY22 contributions
worth a stop after buying the local cheese.Beautiful simple architecture in this part of Auvergne, also a good place to have lunch nearby.
Written May 31, 2018
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,228 contributions
Solo
The Church looks good from a distance and the interior does contain some interesting relics and medieval sculptures.
Written August 7, 2017
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aa27
Lausanne, Switzerland547 contributions
Couples
Harmonic romanic building on the bottom of a green valley, really worth the visit, especially for the interior: all the columns in the chorus are decorated with scenes from the Bible, amazing as they are well conserved/restored.
Written May 7, 2017
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Frank103
Cardiff, UK327 contributions
Family
Contrary to some earlier posts, this is a very old church which is still very much in use and not a museum! It dates back mainly to the 12th century and boasts magnificent stained-glass windows and elaborate stonemasonry capitals to the many columns.
Written August 13, 2016
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wishyouwerehere17
France95 contributions
Couples
Church not really old, but interesting and has lovely windows. Walking distance of St Nectar village, but up steep hill.
Written June 16, 2016
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