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Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is located in the village of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, east of Poitiers in France. The Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe was probably founded by Charlemagne (747-814), after the discovery of the bodies of the martyrs Cyprian and Savin. A crypt was built to house the tombs of the martyrs. This crypt survived until the present day. The Romanesque Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe was built in the 11th century. The abbey was expanded in the 13th century, the Gothic spire of the church was added in the 14th century. The barrel vaulted nave is supported by beautiful columns with carved capitals. The barrel vault of the nave, the choir, the crypt, the gallery and porch of the abbey church are adorned with 11th century murals. The murals of the vault illustrate biblical stories from the Old Testament, events from Genesis and Exodus such as the Creation of Heaven and Earth, Adam and Eve, the Temptation and Fall of Man, the story of Cain and Abel, the Great Flood, the Ark of Noah, the Crossing of the Red Sea, the Tower of Babel. The tympanum of the doorway and the ceiling of the porch are adorned with murals depicting the Apocalypse, the upper tribune of the porch is decorated with murals depicting the Passion of Christ, the choir is decorated with murals of saints and the walls of the crypt are decorated with murals depicting the lives and martyrdoms of Saint Savin and Saint Cyprian. The church is also known as the 'Romanesque Sistine Chapel'. The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1983.

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Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe - Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The abbey stands on the banks of the Gartempe River. Nearby the abbey, the Gartempe is...

Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The abbey stands on the banks of the Gartempe River. Nearby the abbey, the Gartempe is crossed by a 13th century stone bridge. The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe holds one of the largest Romanesque murals in Europe. The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1983.

  1. Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe - Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The abbey stands on the banks of the Gartempe River. Nearby the abbey, the Gartempe is...

    Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The abbey stands on the banks of the Gartempe River. Nearby the abbey, the Gartempe is crossed by a 13th century stone bridge. The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe holds one of the largest Romanesque murals in Europe. The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe became an UNESCO World Heritage in 1983.

  2. Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe - Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The depiction of the Ark of Noah is one of the more recognisable biblical stories of the...

    Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The depiction of the Ark of Noah is one of the more recognisable biblical stories of the murals in the Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe. The barrel vault of the nave, the choir, the crypt, the gallery and porch of the abbey church are richly adorned with 11th century murals.

  3. Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe - Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: This mural depict the construction of the Tower of Babel. Some of the murals are obvious, such as the...

    Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: This mural depict the construction of the Tower of Babel. Some of the murals are obvious, such as the Ark of Noah and the Tower of Babel. The depiction of the clothes in the scenes is remarkable, they illustrate the difference between the clothes of the workers and the clothes of the kings and nobles.

  4. Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe - Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: All the columns in the choir of the church were painted to look like marble. The...

    Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: All the columns in the choir of the church were painted to look like marble. The Romanesque Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe was built in the 11th century. The abbey was expanded in the 13th century, the Gothic spire of the church was added in the 14th century.

  5. Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe - Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The choir is decorated with murals of saints. The walls and the vault of the crypt are...

    Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The choir is decorated with murals of saints. The walls and the vault of the crypt are decorated with murals depicting the lives and martyrdoms of Saint Savin and Saint Cyprian. The Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe was probably founded by Charlemagne (747-814), the Holy Roman Emperor.  

  6. Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe - Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The interior of the church is bathed in light. The vaults, the columns and walls of the church are...

    Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The interior of the church is bathed in light. The vaults, the columns and walls of the church are decorated with painted brick motifs. The abbey church is the largest hall church in the Poitou-Charentes region of France.The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe was declared an UNESCO World Heritage.

  7. Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe - Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The choir of the church is decorated with 11th century murals, depicting saints....

    Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The choir of the church is decorated with 11th century murals, depicting saints. The murals of the Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe were restored in the 19th century and also in 2005-2008. The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is also known as the Romanesque Sistine Chapel. 

  8. Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe - Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is decorated with 11th and 12th century Romanesque murals....

    Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is decorated with 11th and 12th century Romanesque murals. The murals of the vault illustrate biblical stories from the Old Testament such as Adam and Eve, the Great Flood and the story of Cain and Abel. The church is the oldest hall church of the Poitou-Charentes region in France.

  9. Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe - Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The beautiful columns in the choir of the church. The columns were painted in the 19th century to...

    Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: The beautiful columns in the choir of the church. The columns were painted in the 19th century to resemble marble. The Abbey of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is situated in the village of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, east of Poitiers in France. The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe was declared an UNESCO World Heritage.

  10. Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe - Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: This mural depicts the Bible story of the drunkeness of Noah. The murals escaped...

    Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: This mural depicts the Bible story of the drunkeness of Noah. The murals escaped the ravages of several wars, such as the Wars of Religion and the French Revolution. The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1983.

  11. Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe - Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: Today, the monastic buildings of the abbey are used for administrative purposes. The Abbey...

    Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe: Today, the monastic buildings of the abbey are used for administrative purposes. The Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe was once part of a large abbey, it was built at the same time as the Cluny Abbey in France and Durham Cathedral in England.