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Easy to miss

These ruins, run by National Monuments, are unmanned and unprepossessing from the outside, but well... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
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Striking ancient ruin

It’s difficult to visit Charroux and not notice the striking and elegant abbey tower that dominates... read more

Reviewed July 6, 2018
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Aug 27, 2018
“Easy to miss”
Jul 6, 2018
“Striking ancient ruin ”
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One of the most powerful Carolingian and Benedictine abbeys of medieval France owes its origins to the relic of Sainte-Croix. Built and reworked from the 8th to the 15th century, it houses the “Concile de la Paix de Dieu” (religious council) in 989...more
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

These ruins, run by National Monuments, are unmanned and unprepossessing from the outside, but well worth a visit. The abbey was very important historically and this is reflected in the huge octagonal tower, intricate carvings and treasure displayed on site. Take a moment to sit...More

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Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

It’s difficult to visit Charroux and not notice the striking and elegant abbey tower that dominates the skyline. Despite the rest of the abbey being mostly in ruins at ground level, it’s well worth a visit and is of course steeped in history, dating back...More

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Reviewed August 29, 2017

I've visited the remains of the abbey countless times now and it's always top of my list as a place to bring guests. The tour guide is delightful and does an excellent job of infusing visitors with his own enthusiasm for the abbey's history and...More

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Reviewed August 22, 2017

Very interesting to read the history of this place but at the end of the day its just a ruin it is a shame more has not been made of it

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Reviewed May 21, 2017

Abbey with old standing walls,tresor room, and carvings. The sad things is the rundown garden, which has beautiful roses ,however its all over grown with weeds. This attraction could be so much better if the grass was cut, the area weeded, and the existing plants...More

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Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

Popped in for a drink and a lite bite, and found the place to be a friendly place for a quick visit. Ordered a beer and a toastie, great value and quick friendly service.

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Reviewed April 20, 2015

Magnificent building, lots of beautiful stonework. In the centre of Charroux. Easy to park and easily accessible for disabled to view exterior of building, with a cafe just in front of it.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Interesting ruins of an abbey, dating back to Charles the Great/Charlemagne, so probably one of the oldest in the country!

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Reviewed February 7, 2012

Charroux is 'One of the most beautiful towns in France' there are lots of them and rightly so. It has the Abbey or what is left of it and the most dominant and attrctive part is the octagonal Charlemagne tower which dominates the town. However...More

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