The chevet is striking for the harmonious layering of the volumes and the richness of the sculpted decoration.
Note that the curved top walls that crown the apse and the radiating chapels are not domes but simple low walls that conceal the tiled roof.
The interior is striking for the elevation of the vaults, which gives the monument lightness and lightness.
All the wealth is gathered in the choir. The capitals of the chevet are world-famous: they show various episodes from the life of the Virgin and Jesus, as well as a profusion of animals and monsters.
The author of these scenes, a certain Gofridus, whose signature appears on the capital of the Adoration of the Magi, shows here a powerful verve and naive expressiveness.
OPENING HOURS AND PERIOD
All year round from 9am to 6pm: Free visit.
Guided tours: at fixed times for individuals and by reservation all year round from the Chauvigny Museums and Heritage Department for groups. Information, rates, conditions and reservations on 05 49 46 35 45.