Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

Thank you to everyone who voted yesterday. The winner by a landslide is, “Look up!”.

So today I’m going to share with you a beautifully decorated church in France. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, l’Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe is often referred to as the Romanesque Sistine Chapel because of its impressive murals (many of which are on the church’s ceiling).

Hence the Look up!

But before we head inside, let’s take a wander to appreciate the exterior of the church.

The history is a bit unclear to me but the story goes that it was originally founded under the rule of Charlamagne. The bodies of two 5th Century martyrs, Savin and Cyprian, were discovered and a church was built above their crypt to protect these Holy relics.

The church was later rebuilt in the 11th Century, expanded in the 13th Century and the spire we see here was added during the 14th Century.

The building is very imposing, and made me feel quite small in comparison.

The rear of property runs along a portion of the River Gartempe, separated by an impressively old stone wall. It’s also home to a vegetable garden and a selection of fruit trees.

I think it’s time we head inside to see what really brought us here. Oui?

I take A LOT of photos, so it’s not uncommon to find James relaxing somewhere while he waits for me.

See you tomorrow!

Bonne journée!

Marla

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7 thoughts on “Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

  1. Thanks for including the picture of James as he adds perspective to the photo, and he is a patient man I am certain. I knew a photographer who carried a prop to add to his pictures that represented him so you add perspective, maybe some whimsy and also make his photos personal and unique from anyone else. I wonder what you would pick?

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    1. Aside from my feet, which often show up in photos, I don’t know what I’d choose. I once brought a photo of someone I know through work on a trip to France and took photos of her to email things like, “Here we are having a picnic in Reims!”, “Here we are outside of Notre Dame in Paris!”. As a business owner she couldn’t take time off for travel so I “brought her with me”. 😋

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