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Châteaux & Churches


 The Haute-Vienne possesses an extremely rich architectural heritage. Roman art left us the collegial churches of Dorat and Eymoutiers, the Solignac Monastry Abbey and numerous village churches. Thanks to military art we have the ruins of Chalucet, Châlus or Lastours châteaux… 

The Richard the Lion Heart Trail

Association Richard Coeur de Lion
Château de Lastour
Tel. : 00 33 (0)5 55 58 38 47
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Château de Rochechouart, Haute-Vienne
Château de Rochechouart

This sightseeing route named after the famous king who was mortally wounded in Châlus, takes you to the south west of the region. The trail is 180 km (112 miles) long and includes 19 sites which are also architectural masterpieces : the Castles of Nexon, Jumilhac, Montbrun, Brie, Coussac-Bonneval, Lastours, Châlus, Châlucet, Rochechouart, Les Cars,Pompadour, Saint Yrieix la Perche, Ségur-le-Château, Solignac's abbey, Limoges's cathedral, the churches in St Eutrope or Le Chalard...


Castles & Châteaux

Rochechouart château houses the départemental museum of contemporary art, Lastours château organises exceptional medieval festivals, Coussac Bonneval château dating from 930 is particularly interesting as it is furnished, Châlucet medieval fortress was a brigands’ hideout in the 14th century, Montbrun château is one of the most beautiful in the département…

Château de Montbrun
Tél : 00 33 (0)5 55 05 01 44

Montbrun Castle

Chateau Montbrun was built in 1179 and is one out of only four castles from that époque in France with a special history related to the Crusades and King Richard the Lionhearted from England.

Château de Bonneval
Tél : 05 55 75 28 46

Château de Bonneval, Limousin

This château stands on a highpoint overlooking the village of Coussac in an archetypal Limousin landscape. Built in the mid-14C, it was internally remodelled during the 18C and 19C. The interior is furnished with pieces from between the Renaissance and Directoire periods, and has portraits and documents pertaining to its illustrious owner Claude Alexandre Bonneval, also known as Ahmed Pacha.


Château de Lastours
Lastours, 87800 Rilhac-Lastours, France
Tel: 00 33 (0)5 55 58 38 47

Château Lastours

The Château de Lastours is a ruined castle in the commune of Rilhac-Lastours in the Haute-Vienne département of France. Construction began in the 12th century. Today in ruins, it was the former seat of the seigneurs and later barons of Lastours

Sédières castle in Corrèze
Domaine de Sedieres
Tel. : 00 33 (0)5 55 27 76 40


In the heart of a 130 hectare (321 acre) forest, near Clergoux, this elegant Renaissance style castle overlooks a remarkable site which greets renowned artists each year for a summer festival. Inside the castle, visit the guard room and its monumental stairway and the reception rooms with their impressive sculpted fireplaces.

Boussac castle in Creuse
Château de Boussac, Creuse

Château de Boussac, Creuse

This castle was destroyed by the English during the Hundred Years’ War then rebuilt in the 15th century by Jean de Brosse, Joan of Arc’s companion. It is mainly known to have been the place where the six “The Lady and the Unicorn” tapestries were rediscovered by Prosper Mérimée in 1841. They were then sold to the owner of the Hôtel de Cluny museum, where they can still be seen today. Many tapestries are on display in this castle and the furniture is remarkable.

Villemonteix castle in Creuse
Château de Villemonteix, Creuse

Château de Villemonteix, Creuse
Villemonteix is one of Creuse's most beautiful and most remarkably restored castles. A collection of 16th - 18th century tapestries from Aubusson's Royal Factory are on display here. The castle's 300 year old lime tree also deserves to be mentionned.

Maison d'Accueil
Tél.: 00 33 (0)5 55 00 96 55

Château de Chalucet

The gigantic ruins of this medieval fortress tribute to its eventful past : it used to be a royal residence then became a bandit hideout.
The Merle Towers
Tourist Office
Place da Maïa
Tél : 00 33 (0)5 55 28 16 05

les tours de merle corrèze

The Merle citadel (12th - 14th centuries) is perched on a rocky spur over the Maronne river. The name “Merle” given to this legendary place comes from the word “Merulam” meaning “naturally fortified”.

Despite numerous assaults, the Merle citadel remains an exceptional legacy from the past.

Tél. : 00 33 (0)5 55 89 80 12

Crozant Castle, Corrèze

Towering above the confluence of the Creuse and the Sédelle rivers, you will find the ruins of one of France's mightiest medieval fortresses, dismantled by Richelieu.

The Xaintrie medieval farms
Le Puy d'Arrel
Tél. : 00 33 (0)5 55 28 31 30


This open-air museum has recreated with great accuracy a group of thatched cottages in their natural environment of gardens and orchards. Affording superb views of the Auvergne mountains, this museum is both a conservatory of plants traditionally found on medieval sites and a farm inhabited by a variety of typical farm animals. An educational and living reconstruction of peasant life in the Xaintrie in the 15C. Open from Easter to early November, daily in July and August. Guided tours for individual visitors at specified times and by prior arrangement for groups. Duration: 1hr 30min. Entrance fee.


In the Middle ages, Limoges as well as the whole of the Limousin, experienced an important monastic expansion. The beautiful, wooded countryside attracted several sainted hermits. At first oratories, then monasteries were built upon their tombs. Numerous monastic communities were the origin of a whole church-building campaign. The Haute-Vienne has a number of different religious architectural styles.

Tourist Office
Place Georges Dubreuil
87110 Solignac
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Solignac Eglise

Solignac was built along the Briance River, around an abbey (founded in 632 by Saint Eloi) and a Romanesque church. It was a stopover place for pilgrims travelling along the road to Santiago de Compostela.

Les Salles Lavauguyon

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Les Salles Lavauguyon

A Romanesque masterpiece : Discovered in 1986, these 850-year-old frescoes are considered to be some of the finest examples in France. The themes, scenes, and their high quality and intensity of their colours (especially the blues and greens), make them unique to western Europe.

Moutier d'Ahun

12, place Defumade
23150 Ahun

Tel. : 00 33 (0)5 55 62 55 93
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Moutier d'Ahun

The Romanesque church, which used to be a Benedictine abbey, contains remarkable 17th century woodwork.


Tourist Office
Rue Jean Moulin
19190 BEYNAT
Tél. : 00 33 (0)5 55 25 79 93
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Peace reigns in Aubazine and it will overtake you in this sacred village where a Cistercian abbey was founded (around 1134) along with a Romanesque abbey.

Le Dorat

Tourist Office
17, Place de la Collégiale
87210 LE DORAT
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Le Dorat, Haute-Vienne

Le Dorat, capital of the "Basse Marche" area, celebrates religious art with the St Pierre collegiate church, a true Romanesque gem. "Lou Dora" (Le Dorat) means "golden angel" in patois (dialect), and that is what you will see if you look to the top of the church's bell tower : an angel watching over the town.

Chambon sur Voueize

Tourist Office
Place Aubergier
Tél. : 00 33 (0)5 55 11 05 90
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Chambon sur Voueize

Saint Valerie abbey is one of Limousin's major Romanesque art edifices, with a square 2 level bell tower, a 13th century "porch" bell tower, sculpted wooden stalls and gates (17th century) .

Food & Drink

Food & Drink

A taste of the Limousin

There are many gastronomic delights to savour in the Limousin region, from Limousin beef to cherry claffouti and chestnuts to the Pomme du Limousin

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At La Maison de Cromac you'll find a Family Holiday Home that sleeps 6 + cot located in a small village in the Haute-Vienne, France

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