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Classical Norman Church

This large and beautiful Basilica dominates the country side around it. It appears to be the... read more

Reviewed August 7, 2017
New York City, New York
Calm, beautiful, intriguing

There are 5 churches of very similar design across this mountainous area - it's an incredible... read more

Reviewed August 24, 2016
Alison H
Lyon, France
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May 23, 2018
“Boring church”
Aug 7, 2017
“Classical Norman Church”
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Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile

Not too much to see here but it's worth going down to the crypt. Sadly there is not much information on the history of this establishment

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed August 7, 2017

This large and beautiful Basilica dominates the country side around it. It appears to be the archetype of an Auvergne Roman Church.

Date of experience: August 2017
Reviewed May 7, 2017

Dark (from volcanic stone) and imposing in the middle of the small village, slightly oppressive, but surely interesting with its Romanesque architecture and huge interior.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed August 24, 2016

There are 5 churches of very similar design across this mountainous area - it's an incredible surprise to look down into the secluded village and find such an imposing, cathedral-like church. The Romanesque architecture of the church is monumental and yet calm, and a small...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Alison H
Reviewed August 14, 2015

Certainly worth a visit if in the area. The basilica is worth looking at from the outside and the inside.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed June 23, 2015

We liked the music that was playing in it, the atmosphere and all the history. Above it are the "Stations of the Cross", amazing.

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Judy D
Reviewed July 25, 2014

The Basilica looks very impressive from the outside with its octagonal tower, but inside it is very gloomy and in bad repair. Probably a better experience if you are a Catholic, as it is an important site of pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary, and there...More

Date of experience: July 2014
Thank Helen C
Reviewed June 26, 2014

Beautiful roman building with a sober interior. Nicely placed in a valley, but the car park and busy road around the building make the place less attractive. I hope the French govenment will do something about this and then do the same for the Basilique...More

Date of experience: June 2014
Thank DiBoS
Reviewed July 16, 2013

The Basilique Notre-Dame d'Orcival was one of our favorite spots during a recent stay in the Auvergne region. It is an excellent example of Romanesque architecture. It is a beautiful church that evoked a strong sense of spiritual serenity in both my wife and me....More

Date of experience: June 2013
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