Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port, Clermont-Ferrand

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Another of the five major basilicas of Auvergne, Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port was founded by the bishop of Clermont, Saint Avitus, during the 6th century and was rebuilt in the 11th or 12th centuries after being burned down by the Normans. It is built from arkose sandstone and the building is said to have perfect harmony resulting from the "Golden Ratio" architecture. You can attend mass on Sunday and some weekdays and view some of the finest capitals in Auvergne that depict scenes from the Bible and Psychomachia of Prudentius. Take a look at our Clermont-Ferrand holiday tool to schedule your visit to Basilica of Notre-Dame du Port and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • The basilica is very sober inside and there is also a crypt with the Virgin Mary. It is listed on the World Heritage of Unesco and well worth the visit.  more »
  • Very impressive Romanesque basilica with mainly 12th century architecture over a very impressive earlier crypt. It is a great example of simple beauty without being over-ornate, with a wonderfully...  more »
  • Wonderful place! You can go to a belvedere to see it from a higher place and enjoy it even more. It is great that not all romanic churches were transformed into Gothic! The inside of the church was disappointing, it is simply painted. The crypt is interesting.
  • a very beatiful Roman church
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