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Stop on the road to Santiago (road to Vézelay) Bénévent-l'Abbaye has built around its abbey. The abbey, built in the 12th century is dedicated to St. Barts. Its architecture is Celtic-Romanesque. For the record, in 1028, a Canon of Limoges, named Humbert, founded a priory at Secondelas; this pious foundation is augmented in 1073 by the chapter of Limoges. It soon after removal of the relics of St. Bartholomew, from Benevento in Italy. The name of Secondelas is then replaced by Benevento. In 1458, the priory, at the request of Marc Foucauld de Saint Germain-Beaupré and the favor of his brother Louis, is elevated to an abbey.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude46.1178990 (N 46° 7’ 4”)
Longitude1.6286220 (E 1° 37’ 43”)
AltitudeFrom 402m to 545m
Surface area11.56 km²
Population829 inhabitants
Density71 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureGuéret (25 km, 28 min)
Insee code23021
IntercommunalityCC de Bénévent Grand Bourg
TerritoriesLimousin, Massif Central

Nearest cities & towns

Marsac4.1 km (6 min)
Mourioux-Vieilleville5.4 km (8 min)
Le Grand-Bourg5.5 km (7 min)
Chamborand6.9 km (10 min)
Ceyroux7.8 km (11 min)
Arrènes9.1 km (13 min)
Saint-Priest-la-Plaine9.5 km (12 min)
Montaigut-le-Blanc9.8 km (13 min)
Aulon9.8 km (12 min)
Augères10.8 km (17 min)
Fursac12.3 km (16 min)
Janaillat13 km (20 min)
Saint-Silvain-Montaigut13.4 km (18 min)
Saint-Dizier-Masbaraud13.4 km (17 min)
Gartempe13.6 km (17 min)

Things to see and do

The Celtic-Romanesque abbey.

The Scénovision, local museum recalling the history of liquor Benevento: The Beneventine.

Many outdoor activities in a conservation area.

Possibility to rent a donkey for a family hike.

Places of interest

Information points

Events and festivities

The Moutonnades of St Bartholomew. By 1910, Bénévent-l'Abbaye, which has made a specialty of trade in food animals, especially sheep, sent annually to the major centers, including Paris, 25 000 to 30 000 head of cattle. The purpose of this event is to put forward the history of sheep Bénévent-l'Abbaye on the basis of a festive program. Rendezvous Place St Bartholomew, late August, where the food will be largely in the spotlight.


Abbey Bénévent-l'Abbaye
Abbey Bénévent-l'Abbaye
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Tuesday 7 december
Min. 1°C - Max. 9°C
Wednesday 8 december
Min. 2°C - Max. 6°C
Thursday 9 december
Min. 0°C - Max. 5°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Over 450 km of signposted hiking trails are available on the 16 municipalities around Bénévent-l'Abbaye. The 14 detailed records of hikes are available in tourist offices Bénévent-l'Abbaye, Châtelus-the-Marcheix, Saint-Etienne-de-Fursac, Saint-Pierre-de-Fursac, Marsac and Le Grand-Bourg.


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
The Three Spires
HikeEasy4h00Saint-Léger-la-Montagne (18.9 km)
Verger Gorges
HikeEasy1h30Bourganeuf (21 km)
In the footsteps of Martin Nadaud
Village visitEasy3h00Soubrebost (24 km)
Trip around Lake Saint-Pardoux
HikeEasy6h00Razès (25 km)
Detours and Impressionist Landscapes - Creuse
Car itineraryEasy45 minSaint-Sébastien (31 km)


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