Ahun

Ahun's city

This discreet borough beholds itself a concentration of the Creuse heritage: Roman antiquity, stone work, Romanesque architecture, castles and an “Eiffel type” viaduct. 

 

Archaeological remains and religious architecture 

Rich from over 2000 years of history, Ahun or “Acitodumum” was in the Gallo-Roman period an important crossroad on the Roman way connecting Lyon to Saintes. Some vestiges of this time are today presented in the lapidary Jacques Lagrange garden. This French-style area also leads to the discovery of several medieval sarcophagi. 

From the garden, the visitor has a magnificent view of the Romanesque chevet of the church. This monument built on the site of an ancient pagan temple or mausoleum is worth a visit. The crypt shelters the reliquary tomb of Saint Sylvain, the patron of Ahun. In the church, the choir decorated with 17th century woodwork echoes those of the Moutier d’Ahun, more famous, which are only a kilometer from here ! 

Inside the ancient ramparts, the alleys of Ahun wind round, narrow and shaded. Old and tall houses bear witness to the rich history of the town: house of the Counts of the Marche, mansions, old stalls … Some stones reused here and there, the protective ditches and many elements of the small heritage are so many milestones in the reconstruction of the often turbulent history of Ahun. 

 A few kilometers away, the elegant Busseau sur Creuse viaduct, with it’s height of 57 meters, overlooks the valley and crosses the wide Creuse valley for 338 meters.  

Using the style of the metal constructions of Gustave Eiffel, this railway viaduct allowed from 1844 onwards the distribution of the coal exploited in the mines of Lavaveix les Mines nearby. 

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