Abbey Church of Saint-Savin sur Gartempe

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Known as the ‘Romanesque Sistine Chapel’, the Abbey-Church of Saint-Savin contains many beautiful 11th- and 12th-century murals which are still in a remarkable state of preservation.

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  • Below the church is the Crypt of the legendary martyr brothers St Savin and St Cyprian, also frescoed with the lives of these two saints.
  • The history of Saint-Savin is a bit murky, but it seems to have been founded in the time of Charlemagne (747-814) after the miraculous discovery of the bodies of two 5th-century martyrs, Savin and Cyprian, by Baidilius, Abbot of Marmoutier.
  • In the 16th century, in the name of reform, the abbey buildings were almost completely destroyed. It lay in ruins until the mid-17th century, when a reformed order of monasticism was established in Saint-Savin and some minor repairs were undertaken.

Year of Inscription: 1983

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Known as the 'Romanesque Sistine Chapel', the Abbey-Church of Saint-Savin contains many beautiful 11th- and 12th-century murals which are still in a remarkable state of preservation. Trivia Below the church is the Crypt of the legendary martyr brothers St Savin and St Cyprian, also frescoed with the lives of these two...

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