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Champigny-sur-Veude - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Indre-et-Loire

Remains of the Bourbon castle, the Champigny-sur-Veude holy chapel is home to remarkable stained glass windows of the Renaissance period. Featuring a stunning palette of colours, they illustrate Renaissance art in all its splendour...

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Located in the department of Indre-et-Loire, Champigny-sur-Veude takes shape in a vast fertile valley in the marches of Touraine. Crossed by two rivers, Veude and Mâble, the remarkable town houses an exceptional historical and architectural heritage.

Halfway between Chinon and Châtellerault, the pretty village radiates between old stones and streams. The first traces of Champigny-sur-Veude, then called Campiniacus, date back to 1080. In addition to its majestic 16th century houses, the town has a splendid castle and a Sainte-Chapelle built between 1507 and 1543 by Bourbons Montpensier. Of this sumptuous dwelling, there remain to-day only the commons, including the admirable Pavillon Jupiter, and the Sainte-Chapelle completely intact. The Saint-Louis chapel boasts magnificent stained-glass windows recalling its history. A must see.

Many artists have been inspired by this village, where a perfume of royalty flows. Among them, the painter Soutine, the writer Genevoix and the musician Lambert lived there, seeking inspiration between greenery, history and rivers.

Things to see and do

At Champigny-sur-Veude, outdoor sports and heritage discovery compete for the favors of the visitors.

From the pond instead of Red Hat, hiking lead you to the discovery of a unique landscape on the heights of the hamlet of Les Puits through the remains of the painter Soutine. The Veude, tranquil river will accompany you throughout your walk and you walk along its flowery banks while letting you win by the serenity of the place.

The castle and the Sainte-Chapelle welcome you from May to September and into these majestic buildings. Off season, guided tours are available by reservation. The magnificent castle suffered the jealousy of Cardinal Richelieu who ordered its destruction in 1635. Thankfully, common and Pavilion Jupiter survived this movement and anger today recall the magnificence of the time. The Sainte-Chapelle, meanwhile, prestigious collegiate Gothic and Renaissance, owes its salvation to the fact that its destruction was to be pronounced by the Pope himself. It is home to beautiful and remarkable stained glass windows, donated by Cardinal de Givry in 1538 as a wedding gift, representing a complete iconography, which gives them their exceptional character.

The village is also worth a glance. Between its pond, the banks of the Veude and typical houses of the sixteenth century, you can not remain indifferent to the authentic charm of Champigny-sur-Veude. You can discover the streets and history of the town by guided tours by reservation.

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Events and festivities

The summer promises to Champigny-sur-Veude festive and begins with the traditional fire of Saint John. It takes place the Friday after St. John in the month of June. The music festival takes place at the same time. The evening program, you can start the festival with a concert at Fairground, followed by the burning of the highest fires of St. John. The evening ends with a lively dance where the music will resonate until dawn.

In homage to St. Louis, August 25 is the day dedicated to the fair in St. Louis for more than 400 years. This traditional festival where many exhibitors are expected each year begins with Mass in the Holy Chapel dedicated to St. Louis. This is the only time of the year where mass is held in the chapel. A spectacular fireworks display closes the castle that day when the animations succeed.


Chapelle Saint -Louis
Chapelle Saint -Louis
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Renaissance Stained Glass
Renaissance Stained Glass
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The castle
The castle
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