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6 Churches to explore in Nouvelle-Aquitaine


The Nouvelle-Aquitaine region is the largest region of France with an area of 84,035.7 kilometer square. Tourism is an important sector in a region with significant assets, starting with a mild and sunny climate, wine tourism, many heritage sites, sandy beaches for surfers, and mountains for skiers.

Abbey of Saint-Savin
Abbey of Saint-SavinPlace de la Libération, 86310 Saint-Savin, France

Known as the 'Romanesque Sistine Chapel', the Abbey-Church of Saint-Savin contains many beautiful 11th- and 12th-century murals which are still in a remarkable state of preservation. The cruciform church carries a square tower over its crossing. The transept was built first, then the choir with its ambulatory with five radial chapels in the polygonal apse. Below the church is the crypt of the martyr brothers St Savin and St Cyprian, decorated with frescos depicting scenes from their lives.

Basilica of Saint Michael, Bordeaux

The Basilica of Saint-Michel is a Catholic church located on Place Canteloup. This historic square was located close to the Pont de Pierre bridge. it features a cruciform church building and a separate bell tower. The impressing height of the tower makes it visible across much of Bordeaux. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site which was built at the end of the 14th century. One of the main pilgrimage centers in this area and also a tourist attraction too.

Bordeaux Cathedral
Bordeaux CathedralPlace Pey Berland, 33000 Bordeaux, France

An elegant imposing gothic cathedral which was located in the heart of the capital of Aquitaine. One of the largest religious buildings in Bordeaux which was listed in the UNESCO world heritage site since 1998. King Louis VII and King Louis XIII both got married in this church. Its architecture is also one of the important things which attract peoples here.

Cathédrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne
Cathédrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne15 Rue des Prébendes, 64100 Bayonne, France

The Sainte - Marie d'Baïonne cathedral is a cathedral which is located in Baïonne in France. This roman cathedral was built in Gothic style. It is the episcopal seat of the diocese of Bayonne. The Roman Catholic church serves as the seat of the bishop of the township and neighboring towns. Though originally of Romanesque design, two fires led to its total reconstruction in the 13th century.

Église Notre-Dame la Grande, Poitiers
Église Notre-Dame la Grande, PoitiersGrand Poitiers FR, Place Charles de Gaulle, 86000 Poitiers, France

Notre-Dame-la-Grande is a Romanesque collegiate church located in Poitiers. Characteristic of the Poitevin Romanesque style, its sculpted facade is a unanimously recognized masterpiece of religious art from this period. The interior walls are painted. The 12th-century façade has been restored so that the intricate sculptures display an exquisite example of Poitevin Romanesque Art.

Périgueux Cathedral
Périgueux CathedralPlace de la Clautre, 24000 Périgueux, France

Périgueux Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral. Located in the city centre of Périgueux, it has been classified as a historic monument since 1840 and World Heritage in 1998. It is an imposing historic monument that dominates the skyline of this town in the centre of the Dordogne department in south-west France.

Map of Churches to explore in Nouvelle-Aquitaine