Souvigny The Essential
Souvigny, set in the Bocage Bourbonnais region, is an abbey town currently enjoying a revival. The Priory Church of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, a dependency of Cluny Abbey, has undergone major renovation. Its famous Zodiac Column, in the Musée de Souvigny, is one of the centrepieces of this exceptional abbey complex. After visiting the abbey and gardens, where the Journées Musicales d'Automne event featuring the Clicquot organ is held in late September, wander around the streets of the village, the setting for a large medieval fair in mid-summer.