La Souterraine

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La Souterraine - Tourism in the Creuse

Stopping point on the Way of St James (Santiago de Compostela pilgrim route), the medieval town of La Souterraine has a rich history and boasts a beautiful heritage, with its granite church, its fortifications and its old houses.

Built from the 11th to the 13th century by the monks of the abbey Saint-Martial de Limoges, the Notre-Dame church combines both Romanesque and Gothic styles. Its crypt, a former Gallo-Roman churchyard, can be visited in July and August.

Near the church stands the monumental Saint-Jean gateway dating from the 13th century, all that remains of the former ramparts.

Four kilometres from the historic centre, don't miss seeing imposing Bridiers tower, keep of a former fortress, and its medieval gardens. In August, this place is home to the Historic Fresco of Bridiers, a wonderful medieval show combining music, lights and fireworks, performed by over 300 actors in costume!

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