St Étienne Cistercian Abbey, Aubazine
Built in the second half of the 12C, the abbey-church was at the time the Limousin's largest church. Somewhat reduced in the 18C, due to lack of resources, it remains remarkable, notably for its unusual steeple. The tomb of St Stephen (1250-1260) is undoubtedly the highlight. The abbey buildings are laid out around the old cloister garden. Some 500m/yds away (towards Palazinges), in a narrow valley traversed by the fast-flowing River Coiroux, are the remains of a convent abandoned in 1791.
Phone:+33 5 55 87 39 52
Price:7 € (-12 years old free of charge)
early Jul-mid Sep: 11am, 3pm and 4pm; May-Jun and mid Sep-end Oct: 11am and 3.30pm; rest of year: telephone for timetable - closed Mon and Sun morning