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.