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Poitiers: Church of Saint-Hilaire le Grand

About the Church of Saint-Hilaire le Grand in Poitiers:

Built in the 11th century, the church of Saint-Hilaire le Great is built in the Romanesque style and is dedicated to the first bishop of Poitiers, Saint Hilaire.

The revolutionary destroyed nave was rebuilt in 1875 and a new facade. The vestiges of the painted and carved decoration of the 11th century reveal a great wealth. The church was entirely covered with Romanesque murals depicting the bishops of Poitiers in the nave, the apocalypse in the choir and drawings in the chapels of the ambulatory.

The paintings and statues date from the 17th and 18th centuries.

St. Hilary of Poitier was a fourth-century philosopher whose studies made him a champion of Orthodox Trinitarian theology

We celebrate the feast of Saint Hilary of Poitiers on January 13.


Finding the Church of Saint-Hilaire le Grand in Poitiers:

The church sits atop the central butte of Poitiers, some distance from the city center, and a bit of a climb.

Address:   Grand Poitiers FR, Pl. Charles de Gaulle, 86000 Poitiers, France

Tel:  +33 5 49 41 23 76


Click here for the official website of the town of Poitiers, France (we are not aware of any website for the church itself).

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