Brigueuil, fortified village

Perched on a hill, Brigueuil, surrounded by hedges, shelters a fortified city of the 12th century. 


The origin of the village is very old as evidenced by two places of protohistoric settlement and the remains of a Gallo-Roman villa in Bussiéreix.

After the East Gate, built in the Middle Ages, a small paved street leads to the Saint-Martial church, built in the 12th century, in Romanesque style and its superb Gothic portal, which contains the lying of Marguerite de Chabot who died in 1503.

Behind the church is the castle with its outer enclosure, its ditches reduced to a vegetable garden, its tower covered with shingles and an old outbuilding, the "logis", an elegant house topped with a pepperbox and in its cemetery, its lantern of the dead.

This lantern of the dead dates from the 12th century and has been listed as a Historic Monument since 1932, as has a mausoleum also dating from the 12th century, located in a barn in the hamlet of La Boulomie, to the east of the village.

This mausoleum, of hexagonal plan and three meters high, similar to the one built in the monolithic church of Aubeterre, was dedicated to Saint-Georges.

Some elements of the Château de Brigueuil remain today. Indeed, the 11th century square keep, 41 metres high, partially collapsed in the 18th century. Only one floor out of seven remains, following the demolition of 1825. The bell tower was struck by lightning in 1844. Only the Renaissance portal with its molded and carved pilasters decorated with acanthus leaves, flowers and birds remains. The entire portal is made of pink granite.
It is also worth noting the presence of a menhir and two mounds southwest of the town on the northern slope of the Goire valley.

Among the other heritage elements of Brigueuil is a stone gate through part of the ramparts of the original city and a tower associated with the ramparts.

As you stroll through the streets of the village you will see some of the other interesting buildings, most of them built in local white-yellow stone and carefully renovated, such as the Judge's House.

 

Mairie de Brigueil

Place de la Liberté
16420 Brigueuil

Tél : 05 45 71 00 33

https://www.detours-en-limousin.com/Brigueuil

 

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Notice sur Brigueuil

Comment ne pas être fasciné par la « splendide église de Brigueil », située sur le point culminant de la colline, dans le périmètre de l'enceinte fortifiée, quand on est le curé de la localité, et par l'antique cité elle-même, « qui porte à ses flancs ses remparts ébréchés et quelques-unes de ses fières tours » ? L'émotion ressentie par l'abbé Pérucaud devant ce panorama « réellement beau » nous apparaît d'autant plus légitime qu'elle l'a conduit à procéder à de longues investigations sur le terrain et dans les archives et à léguer à la postérité cet ouvrage de référence sur l'histoire du village fortifié. Grâce à lui et à l'auteur des superbes eaux-fortes qui l'illustrent, un livre (le sien) révèle aux lecteurs contemporains les charmes de Brigueil-l'Aîné et du Confolentais, l'étymologie incertaine de son nom, « l'ensemble majestueux » et l'antiquité de la cité, son rôle essentiel comme place forte au fil du temps (depuis l'époque gallo-romaine jusqu'au XVIe siècle), la succession des familles seigneuriales qui y régnèrent et l'importance, au spirituel comme au temporel, de l'archiprêtré Brigueil-Saint-Junien, le plus vaste du diocèse de Limoges.
L'activité religieuse, fondamentale à Brigueil sous l'Ancien Régime (recensement par l'auteur de tous les chapelains, archiprêtres, curés, vicaires, dépendant de l'archiprêtré), incluait en effet l'instruction et la... © Micberth
Carte de randonnée : Brigueuil

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