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.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Abbey of Charroux by using our Charroux vacation generator.
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Abbey of Charroux Reviews
geo79340July 29, 2017
Un joli petit village en Poitou sur la route des vacances entre La Rochelle et Limoges. Une belle architecture conçue par des bâtisseurs de cathédrale. Quel dommage que la seule tour des lanternes ait... more »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.
Louis-Alcime LJuly 16, 2017
Une visite absolument délicieuse grâce notamment au guide Patrick Vignault qui avec beaucoup de simplicité et de gentillesse fait partager sa grande connaissance des lieux et de l'histoire. visite gra... more »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.
Nicole MJuly 14, 2017
Tres intéressant, tout le monde a aimé l'histoire de l'abbaye. Le guide a su nous la faire vivre et nous avons apprécié sa prestation. more »Very interesting, everyone loved the history of the Abbey. The guide was able to make us live and enjoyed his performance.
Chris StarkeyApril 3, 2015
Beautiful, ruined Abbey. Worth a visit.
Xavier berangerAugust 16, 2017worth the trip
Manoel FilhoJuly 22, 2017Important and old French historic site.
Anne farouxAugust 10, 2017Very interesting filmography
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