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Built in approximatley 800 AD, the oratory was part of a luxury Carolingian villa built by Theodulf, a leading intellectual who contributed to the Carolingian Renaissance, and special assistant to Charlemagne. The church contains a Carolingian mosaic made up of 130,000 small glass cubes. It is the only creation of its kind in France, on the one hand due to its incredible preservation having been only slightly altered during the restoration of the church, and on the other hand, because of its unique representation: an open Ark of the Covenant surrounded by angels.

Opening times
From to
Sunday from 09:30 to 18:30
Monday from 09:30 to 18:30
Tuesday from 09:30 to 18:30
Wednesday from 09:30 to 18:30
Thursday from 09:30 to 18:30
Friday from 09:30 to 18:30
Saturday from 09:30 to 18:30
From to
Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00
Monday from 10:00 to 17:00
Tuesday from 10:00 to 17:00
Wednesday from 10:00 to 17:00
Thursday from 10:00 to 17:00
Friday from 10:00 to 17:00
Saturday from 10:00 to 17:00
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Document languages
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Themes of the site
  • Oratory
Site categories
  • Listed or registered
  • UNESCO World Heritage
Architectural styles
  • Preroman
Discount rate Visites guidées estivales at € 2
Full adult price Location audioguide at € 3
Full adult price Visites guidées estivales at € 3.5
Payment methods
  • Bank card
  • Cash
  • Postal or bank cheques
  • Visa
Individual visits
  • Continuous unaccompanied
  • Guided visits on request
Languages of the visit
  • Visit: French, English
  • Audio guide: French, English, German
  • Signs: French
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Activities
  • Motorway 28 km
  • Bus station 30 km
  • Road (national / departmental) 0 km
  • In town 0 km
  • In the town centre 0 km
  • Riverside 2 km
  • Groups welcome (from 15 people)


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