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July 19th, 2012
Saint-Savin 860246 86310
Vienne Poitou-Charentes
46.566 0.865 90 m

Friars and nuns, Saint-Savin

One view. In the Nave.
Another view. In the hall and the narthex.

In Saint-Savin, the parish church, romanesque abbey church of the 11th century, of the Saint-Savin abbey, nicknamed "romanesque sistine chapel" by André Malraux, 1901-1976, Minister of the Cultural affairs from 1959 till 1969. Registered on Historic monuments since 1840, and classified in UNESCO world heritage since 1983.

The church, built on the left bank of the GARTEMPE, is impressive by its size, 76 m length, 77 m height.
It also stands out by its murals 11th 12th centuries.
The frescoes of the hall describe the Apocalypse, those of the stand describe the Passion and the Resurrection of the Christ, whereas the frescoes of the nave describe themes of the Old Testament. The paintings of the choir and the crypt are dedicated to Saint-Savin and Saint-Cyprien.

Saint-Savin abbey virtual visit.

The Saint-Savin abbey was probably established at the beginning of the 9th century under Charlemagne, 742?-814, under the name of Saint-Savin.

Saint-Savin abbey history.

_ The GARTEMPE is a river of Poitou and of the Limousin, which takes its source close to the village of Pétillat, the commune of Peyrabout in the department of Creuse, and is thrown in the Creuse river close of "la Roche-Posay" in the department of Vienne, after a way of almost 204 kilometers in a catchment area of 3913 km². It crosses remarkable canyons in granitic landscapes, downstream from "Les Portes de l'Enfer", "The Doors of the Hell” to Lathus in Vienne. Description de la Gartempe.

SAINT-SAVIN is a french commune, located in the department of Vienne of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 907 Saint-Savinois in 2009, divided on 18.8 km², that is to say 48.2 hab./km².

Saint-Savin is crossed by the river GARTEMPE, passable by a bridge of the 11th century, Registered on Historic monuments since 1896.

The GARTEMPE valley concentrates from Montmorillon to Saint-Savin, in Vienne departement, several romanesque churches decorated with frescos of the 14th century, and is called for that, the FRESCOS VALLEY.

My images of Saint-Savin.
My images of the Gartempe valley.

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