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Abbey of Charroux

Place Saint-Pierre, 86250 Charroux, France
+33 5 49 87 62 43
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one of my favourites...

I've visited the remains of the abbey countless times now and it's always top of my list as a place... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Heather D

Very interesting to read the history of this place but at the end of the day its just a ruin it is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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One of the most powerful Carolingian and Benedictine abbeys of medieval France owes its origins to the relic of Sainte-Croix. Built and reworked from the 8th to the 15th century, it houses the “Concile de la Paix de Dieu” (religious council) in 989. Its famous octagonal tower, known as the “tour Charlemagne”, its outstanding Gothic sculptures ans its treasures make it one of the most important sites in Poitou’s Heritage. Open: > 2nd May to 31st August: from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. > 1st September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Entrance tickets available place Saint-Pierre. Closed: > Mondays. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 3 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 2,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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7 May 2017
“Afternoon snack”
3 weeks ago
“one of my favourites...”
Place Saint-Pierre, 86250 Charroux, France
+33 5 49 87 62 43
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited the remains of the abbey countless times now and it's always top of my list as a place to bring guests. The tour guide is delightful and does an excellent job of infusing visitors with his own enthusiasm for the abbey's history and...More

Thank Heather D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting to read the history of this place but at the end of the day its just a ruin it is a shame more has not been made of it

Thank travellerLeics
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Abbey with old standing walls,tresor room, and carvings. The sad things is the rundown garden, which has beautiful roses ,however its all over grown with weeds. This attraction could be so much better if the grass was cut, the area weeded, and the existing plants...More

Thank theinsider1234uk
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

Popped in for a drink and a lite bite, and found the place to be a friendly place for a quick visit. Ordered a beer and a toastie, great value and quick friendly service.

Thank Phil K
Reviewed 20 April 2015

Magnificent building, lots of beautiful stonework. In the centre of Charroux. Easy to park and easily accessible for disabled to view exterior of building, with a cafe just in front of it.

Thank Janet O
Reviewed 29 January 2013

Interesting ruins of an abbey, dating back to Charles the Great/Charlemagne, so probably one of the oldest in the country!

Thank arjanliesker
Reviewed 7 February 2012

Charroux is 'One of the most beautiful towns in France' there are lots of them and rightly so. It has the Abbey or what is left of it and the most dominant and attrctive part is the octagonal Charlemagne tower which dominates the town. However...More

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