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Low church trumps high

In a country famous for high church paraphernalia it's whats known as the ' low church' that makes... read more

Reviewed September 4, 2018
SALOPIAN1967
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Ellesmere, United Kingdom
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Very fine crypt

This is a very fine crypt dating back around a 1000 years. Tip - the light switch is on a timer and... read more

Reviewed July 15, 2018
nlansdell
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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56 rue Saint Eutrope, 17100 Saintes, France
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Hard to find good information in English, or (I think) any other language in this fairly magnificent church. Somewhere were very old and interesting architectural details in a crypt we could not reach, or find the way to. A real pity from what our books...More

Thank Nick W
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

In a country famous for high church paraphernalia it's whats known as the ' low church' that makes the trip worth it. The crypt beneath what looks like the main event is, in fact, the earliest church and the vaulting and decoration is worth the...More

Thank SALOPIAN1967
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

This is a very fine crypt dating back around a 1000 years. Tip - the light switch is on a timer and to your left on the way in! Worth spending time to look at the carvings on the pillars. The church above looks closed...More

Thank nlansdell
Reviewed July 4, 2018 via mobile

A nice church to escape from the midday sun into. Pretty stained glass. Unfortunately the crypt was empty when we had a look (hoping this was intentional!) but overall a nice little visit. Free to enter when we went.

Thank JoshColby
Reviewed March 3, 2018

The crypt of this ancient cathedral does back a long time. For the sake of this saint who was the first bishop to be sent to what is now the department of Charente Maritime in West of France, Saintes was given its name. Saint Eutrope...More

Thank Kourosh B
Reviewed July 8, 2017

The basilica is quite old and you has some impressive architectural elements. However, what you really shouldn't miss is the crypt with Saint Eutrope. I've visited many basilicas/churches/cathedrals and was very impressed with how well-preserved it was. Unusual, beautiful, quiet, and cool (which was a...More

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Reviewed June 9, 2017

Back in ancient times Saint-Eutrope was the first Bishop of Saintes and allegedly died a martyr. It was a stop en route for pilgrims traveling to Santiago de Compostela. If you walk up the Main Street from town and follow the signs left then you'll...More

Thank nnmercman
Reviewed November 30, 2016

We found this church by accident. We'd been to the Amphitheatre & were following brown tourist signs for somewhere else when the path branched & the church & Crypt were signed off to our right. As we'd been walking along we'd already seen the church...More

Thank Stephen G
Reviewed October 23, 2016

discovered this church by chance on the map we were given at the hotel. It has a very ancient crypt beneath it and an old church on top. It is quite small but beautiful

Thank mike f
Reviewed October 5, 2016

The crypt is a significant piece of Romanesque architecture. It is extremely dark inside - but the floor is level and there is a light to switch on. The capitals are gorgeous examples from the period . There are some really unique ones and also...More

Thank Nicky B
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