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Pyrenean Romanesque Church

by Nilxis Posted 29th Jan 2018 at 10:48 PM - Updated 22nd Sep 2018 at 3:53 PM by Nilxis
18 Comments / replies (Who?) - 3 Feedback Posts, 15 Thanks Posts
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Pyrenean Romanesque Church

So I was looking through pictures of my world Emporda and I noticed that I wasn't really able to reproduce the romanesque architecture of some of the buildings I recreated. So I challenged myself to try to build in a romanesque style again, to see if I could get something better this time, and this little stone church is the result.

Are you into history and architecture? Then take your sims on a journey back to the the Medieval era with this romanesque pyrenean church!

The main inspiration for this building comes from the churches in the Vall de Boi area (a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Catalan Pyrenees), especially from the Sant Climent de Taüll church. These churches date back to the eleventh century, and were built in a Lombard-based romanesque style, with a Pyrenean mountain twist. Some notable elements from this style include: tall elegant bell towers, round arches, small windows, wooden beams, multi-arched portals and lombard blind arcades.

Some of these Pyrenean churches are also famous for their frescoes, so my Sims 3 version includes parts of the Sant Climent de Taüll's frescoes (considered one of the masterpices of European Romanesque) in the central apse.

The church has three naves separated by round arches, three apses, two small storage rooms, a side porch and a bell tower with spiral stairs up to the 3rd floor.
Click here to see a picture of each floor:

Basic information
Lot size: 30x20
Flatness: the lot is almost flat, but not completely. However, you shouldn't have problems placing it.
Lot price: 63,595
Lot type: Community, visitors allowed.

Required but not included Custom Content
- Romanesque Connecting Column Arches Set - 1 story (End part only) by TheJim07:
- Romanesque Connecting Column Arches Set (End part only) by TheJim07:
- Archer Window by Cyclonesue:
- Wall Elements StoneArch 1x1 by Mutske:
- Nilxis_Tapestry_Church by me (a cloned version of the Supernatural wall tapestry with images from Sant Climent de Taüll's frescoes):

I've checked the file with Custard and it's clean. Some objects are originally .sims3pack, but I converted them to .package to build this lot (if you install them as .sims3pack they will still show up).

Required EPs and Game Version
World Adventures, Ambitions, Pets, Supernatural, and Island Paradise.
This lot has been built with game version

I've used cfe quite extensively throughout the lot, so I recommend not to modify the structure unless you know what you are doing.

I've also used Misukisu's Decorator's Best Friend ( to move and tilt some of the objects (the big arches and the frescoes for example). I don't recommend to try to move these objects because they are in odd positions and it would be very difficult to get them back in their original place. I've found no routing errors so far after using this mod (which is not required), and no matter where you place the lot the objects will stay as I placed them.

The world you can see in the pictures is Saaqartoq:
The boxwood bushes in the pictures have a reddish color because Saaqartoq includes a recolor of the object, but they will look green in any other world.

I hope you enjoy it!

Lot Size: 30x20
Lot Price (furnished): 63595
Lot Price (unfurnished): 63595

Number of bedrooms: Not Applicable
Custom Content Included: Build and Buy Mode Content
Furnishings: Fully Furnished
Special Flags: Not Applicable

You must have the expansion, game version or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3 World Adventures Ambitions Pets Supernatural Island Paradise
Built with Game Version:
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
Pyrenean Romanesque Church.rar

Size: 6.77 MB · Downloads: 1,858 · 29th Jan 2018
6.77 MB 1,858 29th Jan 2018
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Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file.
2. Select the .sims3pack file you got from extracting.
3. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
5. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Select the house icon, find the lot in the list, and tick the box next to it. Then press the Install button below the list.
6. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the lot to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
7. Run the game, and find your lot in Edit Town, in the premade lots bin.

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

Need more help?

If you need more info, see Game Help:Installing TS3 Packswiki for a full, detailed step-by-step guide!
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Tartan McBadgerface
#2 Old 29th Jan 2018 at 10:51 PM
Gorgeous, thank you :)
#3 Old 30th Jan 2018 at 1:40 AM
Wow, that's some impressive work there.
#4 Old 30th Jan 2018 at 3:42 AM
I've always loved your historical builds! Very impressive, and thank you for sharing it with us!
Top Secret Researcher
#5 Old 30th Jan 2018 at 5:59 AM
Stunning, and the frescoes are a brilliant addition.
Forum Resident
#6 Old 30th Jan 2018 at 7:22 AM
That's really a beautiful, realistic looking medieval church, simple layout but very detailed and ... somehow overwhelming. Thank you!
Field Researcher
#7 Old 30th Jan 2018 at 7:48 AM
Thank you for sharing your creation with us! It's amazing. I love that for a skillful and talented builder like you, literally anything is possible to build in Sims 3. It's such a powerful feeling.
Lab Assistant
#8 Old 30th Jan 2018 at 10:54 AM
This is beautiful
Field Researcher
#9 Old 30th Jan 2018 at 11:30 AM
Beautiful, thank you!
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#10 Old 31st Jan 2018 at 12:17 PM
Thank you all so much for your comments!

@BrittaMA, that's what I love about romanesque, it can be quite simple compared to gothic or baroque, but at the same time it can be as imposing and beautiful

@Floraflora2, you can say that about your buildings too! You have a great eye for recreations, I love your work
Lab Assistant
#11 Old 3rd Feb 2018 at 12:51 AM
I just keep thinking how amazing these churches are especially when you consider the time period they were built in. Can you imagine getting out of your bed occupied by the rest of your family, eating nothing, but an onion, not having had a bath in months, just lost your third baby, probably only going to live past age 40 and then stepping into a building like this on Sunday and seeing that architecture and the fresco. No wonder people were in awe of the church. Anyway, you did amazing!
Lab Assistant
#12 Old 4th Feb 2018 at 1:53 AM
My husband is from the French side of Catalonia, so I've often visited the Pyrénées. Your church is absolutely incredible!
Test Subject
#13 Old 4th Feb 2018 at 6:50 PM
Majestic and perfect job. Thanks!
Lab Assistant
#14 Old 5th Feb 2018 at 2:40 PM
Wow, this is impressive. Very detailed - great job!!
Field Researcher
#15 Old 6th Feb 2018 at 10:05 PM
Love the build wonderful job. By the way do you happen to use any lighting mods in your game and if so which ones?
Field Researcher
Original Poster
#16 Old 9th Feb 2018 at 2:57 PM
Thank you all

Originally Posted by simsi45
Love the build wonderful job. By the way do you happen to use any lighting mods in your game and if so which ones?

Yes! I use my Uranesian weather lightning mod, you can get it here:

Find all my creations here:
My blog: Nilxis Designs // My Tumblr page:
Field Researcher
#17 Old 4th Mar 2018 at 10:30 PM
Originally Posted by Nilxis
Thank you all

Yes! I use my Uranesian weather lightning mod, you can get it here:

This has to be the prettiest lighting mod out there. Thanks a lot!!!
Test Subject
#18 Old 13th Sep 2018 at 9:04 PM
Eres una gran creadora! Espero seguir disfrutando de tus creaciones. Saludos!
You are a great creator! I hope to continue enjoying your creations. Regards!
Field Researcher
#19 Old 29th Nov 2019 at 3:45 PM
This is stunning!