Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude, Brioude

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Built in the 11th and 12th centuries, Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude is the largest Romanesque basilica in Auvergne. Unlike other Auvergne churches, this basilica does not have massive oblong architecture; instead it has ornamental windows (replaced by contemporary stained glass due to their loss during the revolution) that are rare for major area churches becauss they are bay-blind framed to form triplets. Look for the beautiful exterior mosaic made of multicolored stone rosettes on the walkways and building exterior. The interior has beautiful polychrome gray, red, white, and black sandstone and marble from nearby quarries, diverse Chapiteaux (flared columns), Gothic statues and furniture, as well as wall paintings from the 12th and 13th centuries. Using our world travel planner, Brioude attractions like Basilique Saint Julien de Brioude can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • So Gorgeous Church, the biggest in Auvergne, festival of colors ! Amazing painting of the 12 century. And the floor ... unbelievable and unforgetable  more »
  • This is a wonderful cathedral, with a fascinating history. The one-hour guided tour was extremely interesting and I would highly recommend it.  more »
  • This is a rather unusual and very interesting basilica. I loved the many beautiful stone sculpted ornaments, both outside and inside. But there is a lot more to the building that makes it worth a visit. Was very surprised this location was not mentioned in the popular travel guide that I use 😉
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