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Charroux - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vienne

The village of Charroux has preserved a tall octagonal tower dating from the 11th century. Known as the tower of Charlemagne, it is one of the vestiges of Saint-Sauveur abbey. The cloisters and chapter house of this famous Benedictine abbey also remain. Today, the chapter house is home to a museum exhibiting Gothic sculptures and treasure from the abbey, as well as a model of it.

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Small town of Vienna, New Aquitaine region, Charroux takes place about fifty kilometers from the tourist town of Poitiers, the limit of the department of Charente. It is located near Savigne, Payroux and Mauprévoir.

Occupied since the Gallo-Roman territory Charroux was at that time a crossroads of different communication channels between major cities nearby such as Angoulême, Poitiers and Limoges. Small town in the High Middle Ages thanks to the presence of the abbey, the village was the capital of the county of the March, and until the late twelfth century. The arrival of the railway track in the nineteenth century allows her to experience a new boom and take its current pace.

The town continues today to attract passing tourists with its ideal location and incredible architectural heritage.

Things to see and do

Benedictine abbey founded in the late eighth century, the abbey of Saint-Sauveur Charroux was demolished in the course of the nineteenth century. There are still some remains of Romanesque and Gothic styles, like the lantern tower of the eleventh century, the center of the rotunda of the old church, the cloister and some pillars of the choir and transept. The site now hosts a museum revealing fine collections of Gothic sculptures or meticulous model of the abbey formerly.

Walking through the village you will also appreciate the door Chaplaincy, which served as the entrance to the abbey in the thirteenth century or the beautiful church of Saint-Sulpice.

Charroux also has other sites listed or classified historic monument like the halls of the sixteenth century, the half-timbered house from the fifteenth to classified interior, or the Rochemaux of fifteenth century castle that has been transformed in part the seventeenth.

Places of interest

Leisure centres

Events and festivities

The weekly market is held every Tuesday morning.

In June, the children's festival offers many activities to the youngest.

The first weekend of August, Charroux offers an important cultural event: the painters in the street and arts market.

In late August, the town hosts its famous lounge of the Franco-British literature.

A Christmas market is proposed in December.


Lantern Tour
Lantern Tour
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The porch Chaplaincy
The porch Chaplaincy
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The timbered house, drop Pilgrim
The timbered house, drop Pilgrim
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An artist in the painting in the street
An artist in the painting in the street
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The Chapter House
The Chapter House
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby


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