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Souvigny

(4.3/5 based on 35 reviews for 3 attractions)
Things to do: religious sites, shopping, museums
Souvigny is a commune in the Allier department in Auvergne in central France.Today the main town of a canton of the Allier department, Souvigny has long been one of the major towns in the Bourbonnais (of which it was once the capital), and the royal House of Bourbon was based there. Ties with the nearby Cluny Abbey add to its rich history.TourismSouvigny was nominated “great regional site of Auvergne” in 1993 on the basis of its architectural riches, and subsequently, in 2003, it was made "great Romanesque sanctuary of Auvergne".SightsThe museums, gardens, annual exhibitions, and excursions to the priory attract a great many tourists every year. The conserved wooded areas add to interest for tourists.Souvigny Priory houses the remains of two abbots of Cluny who died at Souvigny: Mayeul, the fourth abbot (who died in 994) and his successor Odilon (who died in 1049). Their sepulchres, which had sank into oblivion after the ravishings of the French Revolution, were rediscovered by archaeologists in 2001 and 2002.The town has two primary schools and a public nursery school. Public events include: a botanical fair April 31 and May 1, 2011 an antiques fair (in May) a medieval fair (beginning on the last Saturday of July) autumn music days (last weekend of September) regional sale of antiquarian books (in November).
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