Abbaye de Charroux

Abbaye de Charroux

Discover the ruins of Charroux Abbey, a major example of Benedictine architecture.

History of the monument

A powerful abbey. The abbey was founded in the late 8th century by Roger, Count of Limoges, and was protected by Charlemagne. A relic of the True Cross drew pilgrims on the Way of St. James en route for Santiago de Compostela. It was a rich abbey thanks to numerous donations; some of its possessions were much further afield and its power and influence extended as far as Flanders.  
Spiritual and social influence. Five church councils were held at the abbey between the 10th and 12th centuries. The most important of these was the council of 989 which launched the spiritual and social movement known as the "Peace of God" that laid the moral bases for Western medieval society.


To ensure the safety of our visitors, the monument is strictly applying the security measures decided by the french authorities.
The monument is fully opened.

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