Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe – The Bones

We’ve taken a look at the exterior, as well as the famed murals, of Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe in previous posts. Today I’ve decided to share some photos that I took of the bones of the church. By that, I mean architectural pieces that I found to be interesting. Sorry to anyone hoping to see real bones.

Let’s start with this staircase. I love how the stairs have been worn down from centuries worth of foot traffic.

Shifting our view to the left, we get a view of the staircase continuing up and around.

I like how the ceiling has been covered in wood, making for an interesting change to the expected plaster.

Here is another photo of the UNESCO recognized ceiling murals. Time hasn’t been too kind to this particular section. But I liked looking up the columns to their decorative capitals, with my eyes continuing on to the arches.

I wonder what this built-in piece would have been built for all that time ago?

This dark and spooky is one staircase I don’t want to climb.

More arches.. these ones naturally lit by a wall of windows.

Why have boring straight stairs when you can have circular stairs cascading down around the door?

I wonder when the handle railing was added to the wall.

And of course I took a photo of the floor. I had to be careful on these stone tiles as they weren’t even. I’m nothing if not a klutz.

I’ll be taking part it Norm’s Thursday Doors tomorrow, but will be back with more interior photos of Abbaye de Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe on Friday.

Bonne journée!


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