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Basilique Notre-Dame d'Orcival

Orcival, Orcival, France
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One of the 5 major churches in Auvergne

Dark (from volcanic stone) and imposing in the middle of the small village, slightly oppressive... read more

Reviewed 7 May 2017
Lausanne, Switzerland
Calm, beautiful, intriguing

There are 5 churches of very similar design across this mountainous area - it's an incredible... read more

Reviewed 24 August 2016
Alison H
Lyon, France
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24 Aug 2016
“Calm, beautiful, intriguing”
7 May 2017
“One of the 5 major churches in Auvergne”
Orcival, Orcival, France
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Reviewed 7 May 2017

Dark (from volcanic stone) and imposing in the middle of the small village, slightly oppressive, but surely interesting with its Romanesque architecture and huge interior.

Thank aa27
Reviewed 24 August 2016

There are 5 churches of very similar design across this mountainous area - it's an incredible surprise to look down into the secluded village and find such an imposing, cathedral-like church. The Romanesque architecture of the church is monumental and yet calm, and a small...More

Thank Alison H
Reviewed 14 August 2015

Certainly worth a visit if in the area. The basilica is worth looking at from the outside and the inside.

Thank KernowEngland
Reviewed 23 June 2015

We liked the music that was playing in it, the atmosphere and all the history. Above it are the "Stations of the Cross", amazing.

Thank Judy D
Reviewed 25 July 2014

The Basilica looks very impressive from the outside with its octagonal tower, but inside it is very gloomy and in bad repair. Probably a better experience if you are a Catholic, as it is an important site of pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary, and there...More

Thank Helen C
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Beautiful roman building with a sober interior. Nicely placed in a valley, but the car park and busy road around the building make the place less attractive. I hope the French govenment will do something about this and then do the same for the Basilique...More

Thank DiBoS
Reviewed 16 July 2013

The Basilique Notre-Dame d'Orcival was one of our favorite spots during a recent stay in the Auvergne region. It is an excellent example of Romanesque architecture. It is a beautiful church that evoked a strong sense of spiritual serenity in both my wife and me....More

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