High Chapel of Saint-Chef

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  • Chapelle Haute de Saint-Chef - Fresques romanes
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Presentation

Saint-Chef boasts an abbatial church which is a French benchmark in religious heritage. Its rich collection of 12th-century Romanesque frescoes are among the best-conserved examples yet they are perhaps the least known to the general public.
An identical model of this exemplary church was produced by historians and exhibited around 1940 at the Musée des Monuments Français at the Trocadero in Paris. On entering the high chapel, the visitor is stunned by the decoration of the entire room. The floor (approximately 100 m²) is covered in gold and blue mosaic and the vault is entirely ochre. Matched only by the church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, a French reference when it comes to Romanesque frescoes, this small chapel has an enormous symbolic dimension as it depicts Saint John's Heavenly Jerusalem.
Période(s) d'ouvertureFrom 05/07 to 27/09.
Closed exceptionally on July 14th and August 15th.
By appointment only and in the company of a guide.
Themes
  • Type of culturel patrimony :
    • Historic site and monument
  • categories :
    • categories
  • Historical patrimony :
    • Historic patrimony
    • Fresco/wall painting
  • Style :
    • Roman
  • Religious patrimony :
    • Religious heritage
    • Chapel
  • Period :
    • 12th C
Useful Information
  • Visit :
    • Guided tours
  • Services :
    • 25 people max per group
  • Durée(s) visite(s) :
    • Average individual visit length (minutes) 120
    • Average group visit length (minutes) 120
  • Individual tour services :
    • Guided inividual tours obligatory
  • Parking :
    • Parking
  • Group tour services :
    • Guided group tours on request
    • Guided group tours obligatory
  • Tour language(s) :
    • French
  • Help for client/booking :
    • Booking obligatory
  • Help for client/practical :
    • Tourist brochures
    • Tourist information
  • Documentation language(s) :
    • French
Accessibility
  • Accessibility criteria for people with reduced mobility :
    • Not accessible in a wheelchair

Good to know

Bons plansOn weekdays, a virtual tour of the high chapel is available at Saint-Chef museum. Please check opening times!

Tarifs

Adult: 8 €
Child (6-12 years): 5.50 €.

Free entry for children < 6 years.
  • Payment methods :
    • Cheque
    • Cash
Contact
High Chapel of Saint-Chef
Église abbatiale
Place Antoine Bonnaz
38890
Saint-Chef
mail / message
Phone : +33 4 74 27 73 83
Phone : +33 4 74 27 73 83
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Chapelle haute de Saint-Chef et ses fresques romanes
Église abbatiale
Place Antoine Bonnaz
38890
Saint-Chef
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 45.634506
Longitude : 5.366478
This chapel occupies the first floor of the abbatial church. In the interests of safety and due to strict conservational measures, it can be visited only by booking ahead for a guided tour.
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  • Environnements :
    • In the country
    • Village centre
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