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L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine

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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... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2016
Jacqui E
Midhurst, United Kingdom
Never before seen an interior painted so ornately as this.

Spectacular to see from a distance as it is a grand imposing edifice. The ornate brick,stone work... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2016
Christine F
Warragul, Australia
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Issoire, France
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Reviewed August 10, 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...More

Thank Jacqui E
Reviewed August 10, 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...More

Thank Christine F
Reviewed June 13, 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.

Thank ChrisandCarolW
Reviewed May 26, 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.

Thank Soccca
Reviewed August 24, 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

Thank Garry M
Reviewed July 28, 2015

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

Thank Ustinian
Reviewed July 24, 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

Thank Andréa P
Reviewed May 27, 2015

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

Thank LycettJanet
Reviewed November 1, 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...More

Thank osterley
Reviewed August 14, 2014

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

Thank patrickm123
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