Barbezieux, Charente tourism & sightseeing

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Visit Barbezieux (Poitou-Charentes, France)

Barbezieux (full name Barbezieux-sur-Hilaire) is a town located south-west of Angouleme and in the south-west of the Charente department (Poitou-Charentes region) of France.

Barbezieux castle

The town is best known for the Chateau de Barbezieux, an imposing 15th century castle. Although a substantial part of the castle was taken down in the 19th century the west side and the entrance between the two grand round towers remains and is especially notable. The castle has known many uses over the centuries, among them a prison, a girls school, and a hospital.

The castle now also houses the Barbezieux tourist office, a theatre (created in the original castle barn) and a small local museum of archaeology.

Other Barbezieux monuments

The other notable historical monument in Barbezieux is the Church of Saint-Mathias, in the heart of the old town and for many centuries an important pilgrimage destination due to the relics it contained, most notably of Saint Mathias.

The church is large and represents several architectural styles, having been built and altered over the course of several hundred years, from the 12th century to the 19th century. The beltower with its open arches and inset statues is perhaps the highlight.

After enjoying the 'important' sights in Barbezieux be sure to take a stroll around the old town to admire the local style white-stone buildings which cluster in the shadow of the church.

If possible you might like to plan your visit for one of the two market days in Barbezieux, Tuesday and Friday.

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Attractions nearby

Most of the villages close to Barbezieux are traditional small Charentaise villages, with no major monuments although several have very impressive roman style churches.

Further afield, Cognac to the north of here has a very attractive historic centre and Angouleme is also a pleasure to visit.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Charente guide and the Poitou-Charentes guide.

See also:

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Address: Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire, Cognac, Poitou-Charentes, 16300, France || GPS: latitude 45.473611, longitude -0.154167

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • Jardin du Chaigne: remarkable garden (9 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Cybard (Roullet-Saint-Estephe): religious monument (20 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Estèphe (Roullet-Saint-Estephe): religious monument (20 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Martin (Gensac-la-Pallue): religious monument (21 km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Voulgezac): religious monument (22 km)
  • Jonzac: recommended detour (22 km)
  • Logis de Forge: remarkable garden (24 km)
  • Eglise de Notre Dame (Trois-Palis): religious monument (25 km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Germain (Gimeux): religious monument (25 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Jean-Baptiste (La Couronne): religious monument (25 km)
  • Abbaye Notre Dame de l'Assomption de Châtre (Saint-Brice): religious monument (26 km)
  • Eglise de Saint Michel (Saint-Michel): religious monument (28 km)

Market days in Barbezieux, France

Regular market(s) are held in Barbezieux each Tuesday & Saturday & Friday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Barbezieux (Francais)