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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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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.  more »
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  • Beautiful, ruined Abbey. Worth a visit.