Photographer's Note

May 18, 2008
Celles-sur-Belle 790061 79370
Deux-Sevres Poitou-Charentes
46.262 -0.212 117 m

Old royal abbey Notre-Dame XIIe XVe XVIIe centuries. Conventual buildings.
Abbey church Notre-Dame XIIe XVe XVIIe centuries.

The unit dominates the valley of "la Belle" river and the French garden, "jardin à la française".

Equipped with a high nave and a bell-tower of XIIe century and XVe century, Notre-Dame church of the XVIIe century of Gothic style, very luminous, shelters in its narthex a gate of Romance style to the poly lobed curves, of XIIe century.

_1032-1095: Foundation by the abbey of Lesterps, in the Limousin, of a priory about saint-Augustin.
_1134-1140: Erection in abbey.
_1470-1477: Rebuilding and compensation for the damages caused by the One hundred year old war.
_1568: Plundering and destruction by the huguenots.
_1651: Fastening with the congregation of the Génovéfains, or "Congrégation de France".
_1669-1682: Rebuilding by the architect François le Duc says Toscane, this text painted in the chorus of the church points out it : « Constructa sub Ludovico XI Destructa ab Hereticis Anno 1568 Anno 1669 restaurata Le Duc dit Toscane ».
_1789-1791: With the Revolution, the abbey becomes national property, the monks are driven out.
_1794-1808: Sold and dispersed goods, damage and fires.
_1846: Beginning of the classifications with the historic buildings, restorations, refittings.

Celles-sur-Belle is a french commune, located in the department of Deux-Sèvres of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 3480 Cellois, distributed on 38 km ², that is to say 93 hab. /km ².

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