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Guided visits of the carolingian church in Germigny-des-Prés



The oratory of Germigny-des-Prés is one of the oldest churches in France (806).
It features a mosaic of Byzantine inspiration in a perfect state of preservation. This mosaic is unique, as it is the only mosaic dating back to the Carolingian period still remaining in France. Its subject, the Ark of the Covenant, is highly symbolic.

To discover the mosaic and decrypt the message, enjoy the explanations of our guide. She will take you back into the Carolingian time and help you discover the personality of Theodulf, a close advisor to Charlemagne. You will understand the message he wanted to convey through this jewel of Loiret, among the most visited sites in the department.

carolingian oratory, eastern apse

Our different visits

Guided visits for individuals, in French

 Intérieur de l'oratoire carolingien de Germigny-des-Prés


Duration : about 1h00.
Price : € 3.50
Reduced : € 2 
(students, job seekers,...).
free visit under 12 years old
Booking recommended.











Guided visits for groups

mosaïque de l'Arche d'Alliance, oratoire de carolingien de Germigny-des-Prés


in French, English and German.

Duration : 1h to 1h30

Only on request. 







Guided visits for school groups


 We adapt our visits to the age of the pupils.maquette de l'oratoire carolingien de Germigny-des-Prés

Please contact us for further informations

  Prices :

 Schools outside the region of the Community of municipalities
(- 18 years old) : €1 per pupil.
Only on request.


Guided visits for individual visitors (only in french) from April to September ; every Saturdays at 5 p.m and Sundays at 5 p.m.*        

*Programme subject to change due to religious ceremonies. 






Monday to Saturday :
up to 35 persons : € 70
from 36 to 60 persons : € 100
from 61 to 100 persons : € 140

Sundays and public holidays :
€ 10 extra per group.




- free parking (car and bus)
- drinking water fountain
- nearby WC
- bicycle arches
- picknick table



Tel. 00 33 (0)2 38 58 27 97
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