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Saint-Saturnin: photo, description, (Saint-Saturnin)

Saint-Saturnin is a medieval village situated to the South of the centre of France, in the Auvergne region. It is included in the Association "Most beautiful villages of France". It is home to just over a thousand people. The nearest large settlement is the city of Clermont - Ferrand is 15 kilometers to the North.

The town is first and foremost the fact that it housed the family castle of the local feudal noble family of de La Tour Auvergne. One of his representatives, Madeleine married Lorenzo II de ' Medici, and the marriage they had a daughter Catherine, who later became the famous Catherine de Medici, wife of French king Henry II and the mother of three other kings.

The main attraction of the city is the Palace of Saint-Saturnin, built in the XIII century on top of a hill about 900 meters altitude. Despite the fact that he would much rebuilt, has preserved some details of the medieval fortress, including two round side towers of the XIV-XV centuries. The castle is decorated elegant regular Park in the French style, that is characterized by a special symmetry of its layout.
Another building from the middle Ages are the gate busheri, formerly part of the fortress wall. In the city preserved a few ancient stone homes, mansions, elegant fountains and dovecotes of the XV-XVI centuries.

Important religious building of the settlement is the Church of Notre-Dame de Saint-Saturnin, built in the second half of the XII century. It is made in the Romanesque style but was rebuilt several times. Particularly affected the roof of the dome, destroyed during the French revolution. The Church is a powerful fortified building, but elegantly decorated. The interior of the Cathedral cannot be called lush, but still worth noting is the Baroque main altar, painting of the XV century and several ancient sculptures of the XII century. Near this Church is a small chapel of St. Mary Magdalene from the ancient cemetery of the XII century.