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The Charentes are like a novel

Cultural heritage

In the Charentes, hundreds of Romanesque churches raise their steeples in the fields and villages, embracing the vineyards, valleys, and loops of the river, dotted along the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route

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Historiated façades, plant designs, geometric shapes, fantastic beasts, as well as representations of saints, work in the vineyards and elsewhere, and scenes of everyday life reveal the inventiveness and technical expertise of the builders and stonemasons. From Angoulême Cathedral to the Abbaye-aux-Dames in Saintes, which has become a music complex, the jewels of Romanesque art distill their stories in the vineyards and surrounding areas. Go in search of the myriad of beautiful Romanesque churches!

  • Take a trip to Saintes, home to two masterpieces: the Abbaye-aux-Dames, the first women’s monastery in Saintonge, which has become a music complex, and the Saint-Eutrope church, classified by UNESCO as part of the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela, whose crypt exudes a bewitching atmosphere.
  • Compose a symphony at the Abbaye-aux-Dames thanks to the Musical Carousel, a giant one-of-a-kind digital instrumentarium.
  • Decipher Romanesque art and learn all about the life of the monk builders at the special interpretation center at the Saint-Amant-de-BoixeAbbey.
  • Marvel at the richly sculpted screen façade of Angoulême Cathedral before discovering the Treasure Roomstaged by the artist Othoniel.
  • Admire the unusual façade of the Saint-Léger church with its large rose window in the town of Cognac.

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