"Earliest Religious Paintings of the Western Church" Saint-Savin by hquittner

Saint-Savin Travel Guide: 4 reviews and 24 photos

Why We Stopped Here

We hurried onward from Chauvigny (after leaving Poitiers) along N151 a few miles to St.-Savin (pop. 925) which was to be our main stop of the day. We came to see the earliest well-preserved Romanesque wall paintings in this abbey church (finished in 1100). This was to be the final touch in our Art Adventure and we were not disappointed. The best of the paintings cover the barrel vaulted nave.A fine 14C tower has also survived.

The Church

We found the remains of an abbey reconstructed in the 17C after the depredations of the 200 years of regal and religious struggles in this area. Luckily the location of the art saved it from destruction, but the abbey felt the effects of the Revolution and if it were not for the salvaging zeal of Vitet and Merimee, there would be little to see.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A Painted Old Testament Version of the Best Sicilian Mosaics
  • Cons:Be Sure to Bring Binoculars and a Good Camera
  • In a nutshell:Nothing Like It
  • Last visit to Saint-Savin: Jun 1994
  • Intro Written Jul 18, 2009
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