In the heart of the medieval city of Chauvigny is one of the most precious jewels of French Romanesque art, the Collegiate Church of Saint Pierre whose origins date back to the first third of the eleventh century. The actual construction of this harmonious and elegant building took place during the centuries XII-XIII. Outside, you can admire the delicacy of the bare stone covering the apse, whose lack of decoration gives a sense of elegance and solidity and the rounded domes that crown the chapels, giving way to the robustness of the mighty bell tower that crowns the building. But it is the interior of the collegiate where artists have bequeathed some wonderful gifts. The height of the vaults and brightness prevailing inside the temple allow visitors to see and enjoy the scenes carved in stone by master Gofrius. They correspond with episodes from the life of the Virgin and Jesus with expressive images, grotesque monsters and animals. It will bowl over the art lover.
The 5 castles rise Chauvigny are on on a rocky crag under the gaze of raptors flying over the ruins . It is a medieval village with a charm and houses whose walls reflect the passage of time. There ivy and moss everywhere. Between NAS recommended Chauvigny visits, is the deñ Baron Castle (constructed by the bishops of Poitiers in the 11th century), Harcourt Castle, the Church of St. Pierre, the Tower of Homage of Gouzon, the Museum of Traditions Popular and Archaeology, the church of Notre-Dame or Touffou Castle. The shadows of naked Chauvigny castles, huge in their structures and shapes dominate this city famous for its porcelain. Its history is also connected to the extraction of fine-grained limestone and the stone Chauvigny. If the porcelain decorates the tables of the best restaurants, with the limestone, the Louvre and the Metropolitan Museum were constructed in limestone.
The "upper city" with its magnificent medieval collection is without doubt one of the biggest attractions for visitors to Cahuvigny, however, the "lower town" has a "treasure" that you must visit before you leave this beautiful town, the Church of Notre-Dame. Because of the damage after the tumultuous years of the revolution, the exterior of the building has undergone numerous restorations so, at first glance, its appearance may not be as spectacular as one would expect of a temple from the beginning of the eleventh century. Without a doubt, however, our opinion of the church completely changed after going inside where we admired the beautiful buildings, the imposing and magnificent choir apse and the magnificent Romanesque frescoes that stand out for their unusual subjects. This church was declared a historical monument in 1840.
Everyone can visit and enjoy traveling along this 17 kilometers of old railroad tracks. It's an interesting way to discover Poitou-Charentes, thanks to this interesting initiative. The trains are capable of holding up to 5 people per car, and you can take this stroll through the wild. The trip really is worth it and it'll leave you with 100% original pictures, that's for sure. You can enjoy nature from a different perspective than usual, effortlessly and with the 'marimba' of screeching metal wheels with the track. An extraordinary journey, fun and ensures you a good laugh. It can be done both in spring and summer, and weekends.
In the amphitheater of the castle of Baron, with the bottom of the upper town of Chauvigny, there is a show like no other: Giants of the Sky. This is a show with exhibitions of birds of prey that are flying in free flight amidst a medieval background. It's a place to enjoy high-rise heritage and Chauvigny views in a fun and appealing setting. It is quite a spectacle that brings you close to the flying of falcons, eagles, parrots, toucans, marabou storks and other birds of the area. You see their skills and their beautiful aerobatics. A dance in the air of great artistic value which results in the appearance of these animals. The art of falconry on a hill in the middle of the green countryside.