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Church of Ahun

A stone’s throw from Moutier d’Ahun, the church of Ahun undoubtedly deserves a stop to discover the extent of its heritage and its diversity, covering a period that goes from antiquity to this century!

The pre-Romanesque crypt is the oldest monument of Ahun, the tomb of Saint Silvanus, patron of the city was once preciously preserved here. Some even think that this place, long before Christianization, was a temple or even a mausoleum.

In the 12th century, a beautiful Romanesque church was built partly above the building. Only the remarkable chevet remains of this construction. And yes, like many other churches, the lack of maintenance did not actin favor of the building …

In the 17th century, it was in such a pitiful state thatmajor works had to be put into place. The nave is completely rebuilt in a neoclassical style which contrasts with the original parts still standing! 

The church is open every day and it is highly recommended to go there and admire the treasures it shelters! The most remarkable of these is a limestone Piétà from the early 16th century. The characters are so delicate, so fine, that it inevitably catches the eye.

Advancing to the choir, the recently restored Baroque altarpiece is revealed. Sculpted by Jean Pavillon at the end of the 17th century, it is a fine example of popular Baroque art at the time with Atlanteans, twisted columns, scrolls and the statues of Saint Sylvain and Saint Gilles.

Free visit all year round from 9:30 am. to 5:45 pm. and 9:30 am. to 6 pm. July and August.

Guided tour for groups by reservation at the Tourist Office; disabled access with help for the church.

In summer (July and August), guided tour on Tuesdays at 10:15 am. Reservations with the tourist office: Or 

Office de tourisme Creuse Sud Ouest
Bureau d’information d’Ahun
12 Place Defumade
23150 Ahun

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