Chauvigny, a medieval clifftop town overlooking the Vienne river, boasts not 1 but 5 châteaux. It’s also important for Roman architecture; the Saint Pierre Collegiate Church (12th Century) with its famous sculptured chapels and painted columns, the Notre-Dame Church (12th Century) and the Saint-Pierre-des-Eglises with its pre-Romanesque murals.

Interestingly the Opéra Garnier and the Louvre in Paris, as well as bridges spanning the Loire, were made from stone of this surrounding area.

Chauvigny is also the birth-place of the Poitou-Charentes porcelain industry which is world-renowned and found in many of the most prestigious restaurants.

For us, Chauvigny consisted of a beautiful view while we were en route to the Dordogne Valley on a long drive from Normandy. Had we known about it while planning our trip, we’d have made arrangements for a proper stop instead of a quick 5 minute leg stretch.

Thankfully there’s always next time.

Bonne journée!


10 thoughts on “Chauvigny

    1. I was supposed to be in Croatia next month (cancelled) and Scotland in October (not yet cancelled, because I’m delusional). Next year a return trip to Ireland is planned. It’s hard to say how that will pan out. Especially since all of my saved money seems to be spent on potato chips. If I wasn’t sure before, Coronatimes has confirmed that I am an emotional eater!


  1. We stayed in Chauvingy! That was hands down one of the best trips I’ve ever taken, going through the older towns and cities.. Mindblowing Kathryn

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