Rendez-vous at the Abbey of Charroux

  • Abbey of Charroux

    Abbey of Charroux

    © A. Lonchampt. Centre des monuments nationaux. Paris.

Rendez-vous at the Abbey of Charroux Abbaye de Charroux 86250 Charroux fr

Important remnants of the Benedictine abbey

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. Its famous octagonal tower, known as the “tour Charlemagne”, its outstanding Gothic sculptures ans its treasures make it one of the most important sites in Poitou’s Heritage.

Practical information

  • Monument accessible to people with reduced mobility with help
  • Unaccompanied tour with guide booklet : French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch
  • Guided tour : French


  • Main road between La Rochelle and Limoges via Niort, 20 km to the east of the road between Poitiers and Angoulême
  • From Poitiers or Angoulême: RN10 to D148, direction Limoges
  • From Limoges: exit 7 via RN141 direction Angoulême to D948, Niort


Abbaye de Charroux
Place Saint-Pierre
86250 Charroux