L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine, City of Issoire

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#1 of 7 in Historic Sites in Issoire
Must see · Architectural Building · Religious Site
Built in the 12th century, L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine is one of the five major Romanesque abbeys in France with 19th century interior restorations. It boasts the most impressive steeple and the characteristic silhouette due to its massive oblong architecture and octagonal bell tower. It is built from a type of limestone called "arkose" that gives the abbey its signature color. The exterior decoration and mosaics are ornately made with a type of volcanic rock called "basalt." Visit the interior adorned with 19th century Italian-style frescoes that are rare in France and the ornately carved "chapiteaux" (flared columns) with the famous "Last Supper" carving. Use our City of Issoire tour itinerary builder to arrange your visit to L'Abbatiale Saint-Austremoine and other attractions in City of Issoire.
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  • We were fortunate to visit this church in the early morning, with sunny weather. The colours are stunning.  more »
  • Taking your time walking in Issoire will discover you a lot of nice buildings in details.approaching the center and facing this great monument is a must for issoire visit  more »
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  • Fabulous building.
  • very interesting painted columns and walls.
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