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Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 11-12 Centuries
Date of Inscription: 1983, 2007
Location: Europe, France, Poitou-Charentes Region, Département of Vienne
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Description: The Abbey-Church of Saint-Savin, known as the 'Romanesque Sistine Chapel', holds many stunning and well-preserved 11th and 12th century murals. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Saint Savin, also referred to as Saint-Savin sur Gartempe, is a commune of the Vienne département, in the former province of Poitou, France. Population: 1,020. The Romanesque Abbey Church, begun in the mid 11th century, contains many beautiful 11th- and 12th-century murals which are still in a remarkable state of preservation. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. The cruciform church carries a square tower over its crossing. The transept was built first, then the choir with its ambulatory with five radial chapels in the polygonal apse. In the next building campaign, three bays of the nave were added, the belltower and its porch, and finally the last six bays of the nave. The belltower is finished by a fine stone spire more than 80 meters high, added in the 14th century (and restored in the 19th century). --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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