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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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  • Pretty ruins discovered at random, I have not visited because it was closed, however have see a lot of things from the outside and pretty
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  • A great place! A true favorite! It is true that hospitality is original with having to ring the Bell to enter... but the guide was very interesting! And more visit (which by the way is free) stopped Let's of discovery! For me who am archaeologist, hallucinatory to see all the potential that is set aside in this Abbey! Frankly go! And tell about around you!
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  • In a small village, in the hollow of a Valley, a Roman tower stands proud but only. What remains of a large Abbey, whose ruins are to visit around the village. The views from the hills are very good (go up to the library or church, and go a little further in the fields). Do the tour to better understand the history of the place. The old market coverage, on the site, is very beautiful and very old also.
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  • Beautiful, ruined Abbey. Worth a visit.