Abbey of Charroux, Charroux

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Charroux Abbey, is a ruined monastery in Charroux, in the Vienne department of Poitou-Charentes, western France.HistoryCharroux was a Benedictine abbey, founded in 785 by Roger, Count of Limoges. It had up to 213 affiliated abbeys and priories. The Council of Charroux was held at the abbey in 989. Under the patronage of William IV, Duke of Aquitaine, the assembly of clergy founded the Pax Dei, or Peace of God. This agreement granted immunity from violence to noncombatants who could not defend themselves, beginning with the peasants and the clergy. Excommunication was established as the punishment for attacking or robbing a church, for robbing peasants or the poor of farm animals, and for robbing, striking or seizing a priest or clergyman who was not bearing arms.The abbey church was rebuilt in the 11th century, and was one of the largest Romanesque churches in Christendom. Following the death of Richard the Lionheart, King of England and Duke of Aquitaine, in April 1199, the king's brain was buried at Charroux Abbey. The abbey was burned in 1422, during the Hundred Years War, and was plundered three times during the Wars of Religion, in 1562, 1569 and 1587.
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  • July 29, 2017
    A nice little village in Poitou on the road between La Rochelle and Limoges. Beautiful architecture designed by cathedral builders. What a pity that the only Tower of the lanterns has experienced the destructive follies of men. A beautiful diving in the time of Charlemagne.
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  • July 16, 2017
    A tour absolutely delicious thanks to guide Patrick Vignault who shared his extensive knowledge of the locations and history with great simplicity and kindness. free tour but of course nothing forbids to leave a well-deserved tip. in these pluriseculaires places rooted in the history of our country a little while extremely relaxing and rewarding that I recommend. Thanks to the Benedictines who founded these places.
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  • July 14, 2017
    Very interesting, everyone loved the history of the Abbey. The guide was able to make us live and enjoyed his performance.
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  • April 3, 2015
    Beautiful, ruined Abbey. Worth a visit.
  • August 16, 2017
    worth the trip
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  • July 22, 2017
    Important and old French historic site.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Very interesting filmography
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