Until the end of the 12th century, Charroux was the capital of the Marche county (Guéret region today), divided into two towns. It is an important city with its abbey (several councils will take place there) with many relics and attracting a large number of pilgrims on the road to Compostela. It is also an important economic place with many fairs including that of Saint-Laurent which lasted XNUMX days!
The wars of religion (1562-1598) opposing Catholics to Protestants got the better of the abbey! During the Revolution, the abbey was no more than a ruin and was used as a quarry… only the Charlemagne Lantern Tower was spared.
Classified as a Small City of Character, and in addition to the remains of its Benedictine abbey, Charroux has very beautiful half-timbered houses dating from the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries and magnificent covered halls where fairs were held.