Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe

Date ca. 1060-75 (choir), ca. 1095-1115 (nave)

Movement Mature Romanesque

Located at Saint-Savin, France

 

Here, transverse arches are not present in the vault, as its weight rests directly upon the nave arcade and beautiful columns and piers below. Though there is no clerestory, the side aisles are nearly the height of the nave, and its windows allow for ample lighting. The uninterrupted space of the barrel arch allows for a continuous narrative of The Building of the Tower of Babel.