Visit Chancelade Abbey
A few kilometres west of Perigueux, in a very attractive setting within the Beauronne valley of the Perigord Blanc, is the Abbaye de Chancelade.
It is now possible to visit the abbey, and to admire the church, belltower and other buildings that date from the middle ages. There are a couple of 13th century frescoes in the church, although much of the building dates from a more recent (17th century) renovation, having replaced the original 11th-12th century abbey.
Inside the abbey has a lovely vaulted ceiling and at the back there is a stone balcony built above a stone arch spanning the width of the church. The transept is the best preserved part of the original 12th century abbey and is covered with a dome. There are also a couple of frescoes in the abbey.
The ensemble consistes of a cluster of buildings - the abbey, the logis, a chapel, a mill and so on, around a central courtyard. Most are open to be visited in the peak season. There is also a lavoir.
The 12th century priory at nearby Merlande, founded by the monks from Chancelade and a few kilometres distance - is usually visited at the same time, and there is a footpath that connects the two locations.
Places to visit nearby
Chancelade abbey is very close to Perigueux which is a wonderful town and well worth a visit.
Map of Chancelade Abbey & places to visit nearbyPerigueux 5km
Saint Astier 13km
Chateau de Bourdeilles 14km
Les Jardins Tranquille 18km
Saint Germain du Salembre 19km
Isle River 19km
La Chapelle Faucher 20km
Dordogne Walks 24km
Dordogne Gardens 24km
Chateau de Puyguilhem 25km
Grotte de Villars 28km
Chateau de Montreal 28km
This page in French: Chancelade Abbey (version Francais)