Abbaye de Saint-Savin
Founded in the 9C and pillaged by the Normans in 878, this abbey was rebuilt in the 11C in record time. Although the monastic buildings are more recent (17C), the rest of the abbey is original. A beautiful blend of harmony and sobriety, the abbey church is striking for its sheer size (76m/249ft long with a 31m/102ft-long transept and a spire rising to 77m/253ft). The Romanesque structure houses a remarkable series of biblical paintings dating from the 11C; it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.