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    Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

    The Romanesque Sistine Chapel.

    Rebuilt in the 11th century, the abbey is built to a Latin cross plan. It houses the largest collection of Romanesque murals in France, listed as part of Unesco's World Heritage. Executed circa 1100 by a single workshop, they are to be found throughout the building and their theme is related to the to the place where they are located.

    Three major topics are covered: the lives of the saints, the Old and New Testament.

    This ensemble, hailed by André Malraux as "the Sistine Chapel of the Romanesque period" owes its conservation to Prosper Merimee who initiated the first restoration project.

    Additional informations

    Shop, bookshop on site

    Schedules and prices

    From Saturday 1 November to Wednesday 31 December 2014 :
        From Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 12:00
        Every day, from 14:00 to 17:00

    Admission prices :
        Full price : 6 €
        Reduced price : 4.5 €
        Up to 12 years : Free

    Closed on 11 November and 25 December

 
 

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