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Eglise Saint-Pierre, Carennac

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  • Lovely church in the heart of this beautiful medieval village. Wonder around early evening as the light is stunning on the buildings and through the stain glass of the church.  more »
  • Within the streets of this Cite Fleurie, stands this Romanesque church with a beautiful Tympanum and typical simple Romanesque interior. It is not visible from the road circling this village. Park.....  more »
  • Beautiful church in a beautiful medieval village.
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  • In the middle of the eleventh century the church of San Saturnino de Carennac was donated to the abbey of San Pedro de Cluny, which made it the headquarters of one of its priories, changing its advocation to St. Peter. In the second half of the XI the temple was rebuilt in the heart of the Romanesque style. The facade – which was protected by the construction of the porch in the middle of the XII – concentrates its decoration in the four capitals, two with quadrupedals and two with large birds, crossed by an abalco with palms, all common in the Romanesque of the time. Much rarer is the signature of the builder, in an inscription that goes over the capitals of the left side, integrating into the decoration: "Gislebertus cementarius fecit istum portanum. Benedicta sit anima ejus" [Gisleberto, mason, made this porch. Bless your soul]. Inside, the work of the XI is basically preserved, with capitals with animal and human figures mixed with plant decoration. Part of the medieval-style paintings are also preserved, mimicking a polychrome rig. The choir is the work of the XIV and the five chapels on the north side were added in the early 16th century. On the other hand, the Romanesque cloister – of which part is preserved – was heavily damaged during the Hundred Years' War, being rebuilt in the fifteenth century. In the chapter hall - also with Romanesque remains - a Holy Burial of the fifteenth century has been installed that was freed from the destructions of the Revolution.
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