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Bénévent l’Abbaye

Bénévent l’Abbaye is the first “Small City of Character®” in Limousin, an essential stage on the Santiago de Compostela Way.

Bénévent l’Abbaye, the heart of traditions

Bénévent l’Abbaye invites you to discover its beautiful abbey-church built in the 11th and 12th centuries in the Romanesque transition style. The architecture of this highly homogenous church is typical of Limousin Romanesque art. Its massive bell-tower porch, its poly-lobed entrance and its octagonal lantern at the crossing of the transept make this building an exceptional monument.

Bénévent is also famous for its know-how, notably due to the chestnut shingles factory. It remains one of the only in Europe to work within the acknowledged rules of the art. It puts its know-how to use in the service of historical monuments and, amongst others, covered the facades of the houses on Mont St Michel. This lovely village has also worked on the restoration of its own facades and today presents coloured houses in order to create a beautiful ensemble.

Extraordinary encounters beyond time

Situated on the Santiago de Compostela Way, Bénévent is also a lovely stop off for both pilgrims and walkers. It also offers an original show and invites you into its Time Machine: Scénovision®. You’ll be told the story of Marion, young country girl of the 1900s, Paul Pelissier, pharmacist-distiller and René, journeyman and Santiago de Compostela pilgrim. The Bénévent l’Abbaye Scénovision® is more than a visit, it’s an experience!

To see and do nearby:

– Scénovision® “Marion and Bénéventine”
– The Oliverre stained-glass workshop
– The great walking and MTB trails