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I continue my little tour of some of the towns and villages in Vienne with a visit to Lusignan.

Lusignan is a town of around 3,000 people 25 kilometres South-West of Poitiers in the Department of the Vienne. It overlooks the valley of the River Vonne.

It was the birth place of the renowned Lords of Lusignan whose successors became Kings of Cyprus and Jerusalem. Their fortified chateau was the largest of its kind in France. By legend it was reputed to have been built by the Fairy Melusine in one night.

The Romanesque church of Notre-Dame and Saint Junien that can be seen in this picture was the former priory. It dates from the 11th century with additions in the 15th and 17th centuries, the latter including the tower.

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