Saint Avit Senieur, Dordogne village

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Visit Saint Avit Senieur

Saint Avit Senieur is a village in the south of the Dordogne near to Beaumont-du-Perigord.

Saint Avit Senieur Highlights

Saint Avit Senieur is home to an abbey dedicated to Saint Avit who was a hermit who died in 570. Avitus, as he was then called, was resting in the forest by a pagan temple. Avitus, a christian said a prayer and made the sign of the cross and apparently the temple collapsed.

Avitus stayed in the area, became a hermit and dedicated the rest of his life to prayer and healing.

Much of the abbey is now in ruins but there remains a large (very large considering the size of the village!) 11th century church, the presbytere and the monks dormitory. The presbytere is home to an exhibition of art work.

The interior of the church contains a number of frescoes and you can also see remains of the patterns painted on the walls that originally covered the whole of the interior.

Saint Avit Senieur was an important religious centre because of its position on the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela from Vezelay and because of the fame of Saint Avit. The church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela.

The village itself is a very attractive one and merits a wander round. There is a small cafe if you are in need of refreshment. On the main square, the Place du Fort, there are buildings with Gothic window and one has a sun dial on its wall. There are a number of walks and bike tracks that lead out from the village and into the surrounding countryside.

Places to Visit near to Saint-Avit-Senieur

Saint Avit Senieur is 6 km from Beaumont du Perigord.


See also:

Map of Saint Avit Senieur with places to visit

To visit close to Saint Avit Senieur

This page in French: Saint Avit Senieur (version Francais)