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Vallée des Fresques
Louis the Pious
Benedict of Aniane
André Malraux
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Louis le Pieux

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Saint-Savin - Saint-Savin

Saint-Savin - Saint-Savin
It is unknown when this important abbey was founded here. Legends tell, that Charlemagne was involved as well as his son Louis the Pious and Benedict of Aniane.

The church was erected from about 1050 on. As in the crypt of the large church the relics of St. Savin and St. Cyprian were displayed, a large ambulatory with five radial chapels was added for the many pilgrims. The church burnt down during the Hundred Years' War, but got rebuilt and reconstructed in the 17th and 19th century.

As many medieval frescoes and murals have survived here since 1983 the "Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe" has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are about 400m² of frescoes, indeed something like a "picture book". André Malraux hailed this as "the Sistine Chapel of the Romanesque period".

For reasons unknown to me, I just have to follow such stairs, running down to the crypts. Not only here - just everywhere. That is why I carry a little flashlight in my pocket. Twice over the last years I could prove, that the BMI in medieval times must have been way smaller than my index. I got stuck, but that did not happen here.

LOL, tales from the crypt... We use to call such either a "fat mans misery" after a stretch in a certain public accessible dripstone cave in Kentucky, or "cerna dira" after the basement of our landlord in Mlada Boleslav, according to if either the darkness or the narrowness is more impressive.... :D
4 years ago.
Martin M. Miles - on the road again
Martin M. Miles - on…
I prefer "cerna dira".
4 years ago.