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Le porche de l'église
La nef et le choeur
The church of Saint Pierre de Ruoms, classified historic monument is located inside the well preserved walls of the medieval village. In the Middle Ages, this was the site of clunisien priory which included two churches, Saint pierre ans Notre Dame des Pommiers, a small loister and a cemetery, enclosed by e fortified wall.
Today we are drawn most particularly to the church of Saint pierre with its powerful three storey bell tower which still dominates the village.
Stripes of black basalt and white limestone which adorn and complete the second floor echo the interior ornementation of the abside.
In the 12th century, a period of great prosperity for the clunisien priory, the church of Saint Pierre was rebuilt according to typical benedictan plans. The façade, which is today greatly altered, retains a very sobre romanesque door. The interior is dark but with varied decoration : sculpted "chapitaux", the remains of romanesque frescoces. The black and withe pattern of the stone floor with its red mortar joints reveal influences from the Velay.
Finally, sculpted flagstones, originally from carolingian monuments, were used in the construction of the transept.
As a result of addition of two side aisles in the 19th century, only on gothic church remains of de original three built at beginning of the 16th century.
Nearby, the chapel of Notre Dame des Pommiers deserves a visit. Please pay attention to its façade adorned with two sculpted medallions, one of which depicts an angel holding a book, symbol of Saint Mathieu ans the second one the winged lyon, symbol of Saint Marc.

Opening hours : everyday 8.00am - 6.30pm.
If closed , you may ask for the key at presbitery, 9 rue des Tournelles (opposite the cinema).
La coupole
Le choeur
La nef vue depuis le choeur
Autre chapelle
Vue d'ensemble


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