Crypte de l'église abbatiale de Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire Crypt of the abbey church of Saint-Benoît-sur-LoireForêt d'Orléans Forest of OrléansGabare sur la Loire Abbatiale romane de St-Benoît-sur-Loire Romanesque abbey church in St-Benoît-sur-LoireOratoire carolingien de Germigny-des-Prés Carolingian oratory of Germigny-des-Présclocher de l'abbatiale de Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire Tower of the Abbey church of Saint-Benoît-sur-LoireMosaïque (détail) de Germigny-des-Prés Mosaic (detail) in Germigny-des-PrésOratoire carolingien et tamaris
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The carolingian oratory of Germigny-des-Prés

 

 

 

This oratory dating from 806 is one of the oldest churches in France. It was erected by Theodulf, one of Charlemagne’s most trusted advisors, to serve as a place of worship at his luxurious villa. To transform it into a parish church, the west apse would be destroyed and replaced by a nave.
This church was listed as an historic monument in 1840 by Prosper Mérimée, and is a rare example of Carolingian art
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A private place of worship !


GUIDED VISITS OF THE CHURCH

ENGLISH GUIDED AUDIO-TOURS

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These informations are also available at the nearby located tourist office.

130 000 tiles in one picture !

 

abside avec mosaïque

This mosaic commissioned by Theodulf is the only mosaic from that period remaining in France today. Its exceptional state of conservation and its subject make it a unique piece of work.
It depicts the Ark of the Covenant, a chest designed to store and transport the Tablets of Law given by God to Moses.

 

OPENING HOURS

All year round :
- from April to September : 9.30 am to 6.30 pm
- from October to March : 10 am to 5 pm

CONTACT

Tourist Office du Val de Sully
Office of Germigny-des-Prés
6 route de Saint-Martin
45110 Germigny-des-Prés
Tel. : 00 33 0(2) 38 58 27 97
E-Mail : oti@cc-valdoretforet.com

 


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GPS COORDINATES
N 47°50’46.606"
E 2°15’59.434"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6 route de Saint-Martin - F - 45110 Germigny-des-Prés - Tel. : +33(0)2 38 58 27 97
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