ARCHITECT, French
(active c. 1150 in Auvergne)

Exterior view

c. 1150
Photo
St Nectaire Church, Saint-Nectaire (Puy-de-Dôme)

This church is renowned as being one of the five important Romanesque churches in the Auvergne (at Orcival, Clermont-Ferrand, Issoire, Saint-Nectaire and Saint-Saturnin)

This Romanesque church was built in the middle of the twelfth century in honour of St. Nectaire by the monks of La Chaise-Dieu. It was built on the site of the shrine erected by Nectaire Auvergne on Mount Cornadore. It features 103 magnificent capitals. In the mid-nineteenth century, the church was still surrounded by walls, a cemetery, a castle and a small chapel. These parts were destroyed shortly after, at a church restoration.

The building is a typical church of the Auvergne, with an octagonal crossing tower and a round apse with radiating chapels.




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