Verteuil-sur-Charente and its rich heritage

Created in 1793, the municipality of Verteuil-sur-Charente is part of the canton of Ruffec.

Its name comes from the Latin "Vertolium" which means "Clairière des vertus".

The natural beauty of the site attracted the family of La Rochefoucauld to build one of its castles, which Froissard described as "a very strong chasteau in poictou on the steps of the Limousin and Saintonge".

In October 2020, the La Rochefoucauld family, at the end of 1000 years of common history, had to resolve to put this superb residence up for sale.

At the foot of this castle, built on the promontory overlooking the Charente river, a magnificent water mill is still in operation and still attracts visitors.

Also worth seeing in Verteuil-sur-Charente is the 13th century Saint-Médard church, which contains a 16th century tombstone, a magnificent polychrome terracotta ensemble attributed to the Germain Pilon workshop.

On the other bank of the Charente, part of the Cordeliers convent, a 15th century building, the burial place of the de La Rochefoucauld family until the Revolution, is still visible and can be visited.

You should also see the Seneschal's house, the old moats of the castle, the remains of the Protestant Temple and stroll through the alleys...

 

Chateau de Verteuil

16510 Verteuil-sur-Charente

 

www.ot-ruffec.com

 

http://www.verteuil-charente.fr/

 

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label Remarkable buildings Religious, mystical & pagan cults  

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