Photographer's Note

July 19th, 2010
Chauvigny 860070 86300
Vienne Poitou-Charentes
46.569 0.648 70 m

The castle of the bishops, Chauvigny.

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The Barony castle, or castle of the bishops, fortified castle and keep of the 11th 12th 15th centuries, 80 m out of 50 m, listed in 1025, castle of bishops of Poitiers.
It included a quadrangular keep of the 12th century, measuring 22 meters out of 17, whose walls are thick of 1.80 to 2.30 meters.

The city of Chauvigny, the city with five castles, 10th 15th centuries, was founded around the year 1000, by the bishops of Poitiers, lords of Chauvigny then barons as from the 15th century.
It is built on a rocky outcrop of 350 m, formed by the valleys of Vienne river and Talbat river.
A 2 km length enclosure surrounded with the 15th century four churches and five castles built in the vicinity to each other.
The first bishop of Poitiers lord of Chauvigny is Isembert 1st, died in 1047. The bishops followed one another until 1789.

One can see in the high medieval city of Chauvigny:

_THE BARONY CASTLE or CASTLE of the BISHOPS, fortified castle and keep of the 11th 12th 15th centuries, 80 m out of 50 m, listed in 1025, castle of bishops of Poitiers.

_The CASTLE of HARCOURT, fortified castle of the 12th 13th 14th 15th centuries, castle bought by the bishops ones of Poitiers in 1445.

_The COLLEGIAL SAINT-PIERRE, of 11th 12th centuries, quoted at the 11th century, whose famous capitals of the columns describe various episodes of the life of the Virgin.

_The CASTLE KEEP of GOUZON, fortified castle of the 11th 12th centuries, which belonged to bishops of Poitiers as from 1335.

_The CASTLE of MONTLÉON, of the 11th century, fortified castle listed at the 10th century, which belonged to bishops of Poitiers as from 1295.

_The CASTLE says the TOWER of FLINS, fortified castle of the 12th 15th centuries.

As from 1346, the city was strongly tested by the One hundred Year old War, the Wars of religion, the French revolution. It was restored as from 1843.

Chauvigny is a french commune, located in the department of Vienne of the Poitou-Charentes area, populated of 7025 Chauvinois in 1999, distributed out of 97 km², that is to say 73 hab./km².

Chauvigny history.

My images of Chauvigny.
My images of the Vienne valley.

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