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Notre-Dame-La-Grande

In the heart of the city, the Romanesque church is the masterpiece of Poitiers' monumental heritage.

 

Sculpted in the first half of the 12th century, the famous façade displays a decorative and figurative ensemble of great quality. Above the main portal, a frieze relates the episodes of the Scriptures, from Adam and Eve to the Nativity. Above the Apostles are grouped around the single window. Finally, Christ is shown in glory on top of the composition, in the middle of a finely built pediment made of lozenge and cone shaped stones.


After an important restoration campaign done between 1992 and 1995, this façade has been brought back to its original beauty, revealing on the way traces of original colours.
The interior is also coloured, but this decoration, besides the authentic paintings in the choir, is essentially from the 1850s.

 

The north side of the church, as well as the apse, displays a series of chapels from the 15th and 16th centuries, each built in the style of the day. They are thus covered by either late Gothic rib vaults or Renaissance Italianate vaults.
In one of these chapels to the right of the choir is a very finely sculpted entombment from the 16th century, in painted stone.

 

Opening from monday to saturday : 9h - 19h.

 

 

 

Sunday : 12h - 19h