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

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France This Way review: although Barbezieux is quite small, the castle and the views are quite impressive so we recommend you visit if you are passing

Chateau de Barbezieux

The town is best known for the Chateau de Barbezieux, an imposing 15th century castle that dominates the town centre.

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. The castle has known many uses over the centuries, among them a prison, a girls school, and a hospital.

The remaining parts of the castle today include:

  • a 19th century wing, now used mostly for meetings and conferences
  • the 15th century wing, the barn for the original 15th century castle, now used as a theatre and exhibition space
  • the Porte d'Archiac (the large building between the two wings), once the entrance to the castle and now used by the Barbezieux Tourist Office

There are various places around the outside of the castle where you have views across the town, as well as streets from where you have a different perspective on the castle, so stroll around to make the most from your visit.


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.

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 travel ideas in the Charente guide and the Poitou-Charentes guide.

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Address: Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire, Cognac, Poitou-Charentes, 16300, France || GPS coordinates: 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)
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  • 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)