The Roman church

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The Roman church of Saint Nectaire 12th century, this is certainly one of the most beautiful Auvergne region. Enthroned on Mount Cornadore it was built by the Benedictine monks of La Chaise Dieu there is a little less 1000 years according to recent discoveries. More than one hundred capitals (103) characterize perfectly Romanesque inspiration, you will also find in the church of Saint bust Baudine (Lent to the British Museum in London since 23 June to 9 October 2011), the arm reliquary of Saint Nectaire and the Virgin Our Lady of Mount Cornadore.

Her measurements

  • Length : 38 meters
  • Width : 11 meters
  • Height : 20 meters
  • Length : 38 meters
  • Facade with 2 tours
  • 5 bays in the Nave
  • 3 chapels in the ambulatory

From 1840, the church is classified Monument Historique, it dominates the city with its strategic position and lights with stained glass windows of the 19th century. Rich capitals polychrome we will find the history of the city, addresses a number of themes such as the Passion of Christ, la transfiguration, Moses and others….

Inside the church

If you want to take a virtual tour through a collection of very pretty pictures with views outside, Inland, capitals, columns, vitreaux : Pictures on, website dedicated to the Roman art.

How to visit ?

Go directly to Saint Nectaire, Once in the village you will have no trouble finding, it is in the upper parts of the city. Lift your eyes and join speeds doors of the building, they are open all year.

The opening hours are :

  • Of 01/04 au 31/10 : Open Monday to Sunday from 9h to 19h.
  • Of 01/11 au 31/03 : Open Monday to Sunday from 10h to 17h

Follow the guide : Guided tour

During the summer period in July and August, guided tours organized by the CASA association. With free participation at the end of the visit.
The rest of the year paid guided tour by reservation at 06 75 47 57 36.

Masses of Saint Nectaire

  • Sunday at 9:30 am
  • Tuesday at 18h (Side chapel)
  • Friday at 18h (Side chapel)
  • Mass of All Saints on November 1 at 9:30 am

Book cover A little reading to guide you, a very affordable price because you cost a little less than 2 €. Un livre d’Alain Erlande-Brandenburg (The Author) and Jean-Paul Gisserot (Photographs), practical information and useful information on cultural heritage.

The Roman church

6 thoughts on “The Roman church

    1. Hello Michel, your request here is therefore some additional information, 1080 : Beginning of the construction of the Romanesque church of cheese, building between 1146 and 1178.

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