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St-Jean-de-Montierneuf, Poitiers

Apse of St-Jean-de-Montierneuf. Photo © Jaufré Rudel. View all images in our St-Jean-de-Montierneuf Photo Gallery.
Carved capitals on the exterior. Photo © Jaufré Rudel.
Small carvings on the exterior. Photo © Jaufré Rudel.

On the north side of the old town in Poitiers is the 11th-century church of St-Jean-de-Montierneuf, originally belonging to a Benedictine monastery.


St-Jean-de-Montierneuf Church was once part of an abbey, which was founded by William VII and consecrated in 1096 by Pope Urban II. The facade was rebuilt in the 17th century.

What to See

The exterior of the Church of Montierneuf features a fine Renaissance doorway, Romanesque apse, Gothic flying buttresses and two small bell turrets that recall the towers on Notre Dame-la-Grande.

Inside is a very bright triple nave, raised Gothic chancel, and large stained glass windows. The chancel, columns and some of the chapels rest on the Romanesque parts of the vast ambulatory.

Quick Facts on St-Jean-de-Montierneuf

Site Information
Names:Montierneuf Church; St-Jean-de-Montierneuf; St-Jean-de-Montierneuf, Poitiers; St. John's Church
Faiths:Christianity; Catholic; Benedictine
Styles:Romanesque; Gothic
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Poitiers, France
Coordinates:46.589276° N, 0.345436° E  (view on Google Maps)
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

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Title:St-Jean-de-Montierneuf, Poitiers
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:07/13/2009
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