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Church of Saint-Saturnin: photo, description Eglise Saint-Saturnin de Saint-Sorlin-d'arves)

Church of Saint-Saturnin is located in the center of the tiny Alpine village of Saint-Sorlin-d'arves, rhône - Alpes region, Eastern France. This ski resort is situated at an average altitude of 2200 meters above sea level.

The Church itself is a humble structure consisting of only a nave. However, it has a rich history. The building was erected in 1603 on the site of a previous chapel, which, however, does not left any traces. In 1658, the building was further increased in size. Interestingly, about 200 years the Church existed without a steeple - a miniature turret from the roof in the Northern part of the building was completed after the French revolution in the nineteenth century. Above the entrance to the Church stands a low triangular tent, under which is placed a small statuette of the patron Saint of the temple - the Holy Saturnina, also known as Sernin, the first Bishop of Toulouse, who died a painful death.

Despite his not particularly bright appearance, inside the room is elaborately decorated. The puffy chair was erected in 1683, and choirs were completed already in 1742, and is famous for its exquisite Baroque altar, made in the years 1700-1704. The frescoes on the walls of the nave are dedicated to various saints, and belong to the same historical period, but the painted vaults of the ceiling was made a bit later - in 1843. Yet it is worth noting two small side chapels, each of which are also two ancient altar, completed in the early XVIII century. In General, the interior of the Church is fairly uniform and is made mostly in the style of the Baroque era.

Around the Church is divided the old city cemetery, which has preserved many impressive tombstones and monuments. In 2004 the Church of Saint-Saturnin was awarded the title of the monument of history and culture of France.