Bénévent-l'Abbaye Travel Guide

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    by wandeljp Updated Apr 24, 2008

    The Compostella way at Bénévent

    It is not only to the church or close to the abbey that we notices we are on the road to Compostelle.

    In fact, at the hotel of the Cedar, where we lodged for a night, a shell of Sint James above the entry door symbolizes the pilgrimage since of very numerous years.

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    Ce n'est pas seulement à l'église ou près de l'abbaye que l'on n'aperçois que l'on est sur la route de Compostelle.

    En effet, à l'hôtel du Cèdre, où nous sommes logés pour une nuit, une coquille Saint Jacques au dessus de la porte d'entrée symbolise le pèlerinage depuis de très nombreuses années.

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    by wandeljp Updated Apr 23, 2008

    Visit the Abbey church ! (3)

    Already outside, while arriving, there are interesting things to see: The capitals and usually the whole gate have Moslem influences.

    They are the direct proofs of the provision of the pilgrims to the return of Spain (Compostelle) On the photos some examples.
    To know, one rediscovers not less than 145 "modillons".

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    Déjà dehors, en arrivant, il y a des choses intéressantes à voir: Les chapiteaux et en général tout le porches ont des influences musulmanes.

    Ils sont les preuves directes de l'apport des pèlerins au retour d'Espagne (Compostelle)
    Sur la photos quelques exemples. A savoir, on retrouve pas moins de 145 "modillons".

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    The Abbey church

    by wandeljp Updated Apr 23, 2008

    Visit the Abbey church !

    The current building dates back to 1120-1150 while the foundation of the abbey dates back to 1080 when the the bishop of Limoges, Gui of Laron, grants rights to two religious and their companions in order to be founded a prayer place (on the way of St Jacques of Compostelle)

    Of pure Roman style "Limousin", the architect Abadie (equally architect of the Sacré Coeur to Paris) converts into 1873 the original belltower in the current tower. She is covered with "bardaux" tile sort wood some (chestnut)

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    Le bâtiment actuel date de 1120-1150 alors que la fondation de l'abbaye date de 1080 quand les l'évêque de Limoges, Gui de Laron, octroie des droits à deux religieux et leurs compagnons afin de fonder un lieu de prière (sur le chemin de St Jacques de Compostelle)

    De pur style Roman-Limousin, l'architecte Abadie (également architecte du Sacré-Coeur à Paris) change en 1873 le clocher original en la tour actuelle. Elle est recouvertes de "bardeaux" sorte de tuiles en bois (chataîgner)

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    Bieres23.
    Poke away the stale batter and you find a brownish fish meat (cod?), the whole thing is overwhelmed by the taste of yesterday's, possibly last week's, cooking oil.
    This was my treat of fish and chips, to which I had looked forward. The chips were dry and very over, over, over, over, whatever you do to murder chips. The price for this "treat" was 19euros...............apologetically organised and paid for by my visiting family based in Switzerland.
    The Madame "in charge" did not see it her duty to wipe tables and chairs..........so a cream dress, not mine, was coated in a putrid gunge.
    This disaster combined with a wave of stale ale smells made the Bieres23 experience truly nasty.
    This was followed up with an interesting effort at not returning the correct change. Apparently the norm at Bieres23. A few challenging questions and an assertive attitude from my son saw the grudging return of 10€.
    It does seem that the English come directly from the factory floor or the lorry cab, and assume that they can start a bar restaurant or b&b anywhere in France.
    With no more experience or training than opening and heating a pack of fish fingers for the kids after school they launch into an enterprise that demands clean cutlery, clean plates, clean tables and "front of house" skills which respect the intelligence of the customer.
    So few of the English have these skills or even the desire to acquire them.
    Bieres23 posted a comment on the WINE AND CHEESE PLACE a few days ago along the lines of "if you don't like it here GO AWAY."
    I intend to take their advice!
    From my many friends in the South of La Creuse I discover I am not alone in giving Bieres23 a wide berth.
    I did not see the "big" fight that broke out, but those that did see it, are confirmed in the rowdiness and unpleasantness of Bieres23.
    Aspen August2009.

    Favorite Dish: See below:
    Bieres23. Brasserie.

    In its previous incarnation as Chez Liza, Benevent l'Abbaye, it was shabby, dirty and grim. But, at least it catered for the young of the Benevent area and almost had the status of a youth club. I had high hopes for Bieres23 when it started to appear. A chic, big, green sign clearly well designed was mounted on the frontage. The seedy decor of the outside was tastefully re-painted in light cream and the horrible internally illuminated sign of Chez Liza dumped. Wow, I said to myself when it opened. My disappointment is still with me. The interior remains dark, shabby, dirty, and truly very nasty. The food/snacks are presented in the fashion of the old motorway service stations of the 60's........un-imaginative and tasteless at best. The clientele consists entirely of English "missing link" throwbacks who treat France as a logical extension of Romford. The hosts radiate English "fick" as a short plank. They seem to think that everyone is a devotee of singing along to crap pop.
    Quite honestly there is a much better experience available down the road in Marsac. Liz and Nigel operate an always clean establishment and a tasty reasonably priced menu.
    August 19, 2009 11:53 AM

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    by wandeljp Updated Apr 21, 2008

    Hotel du Cèdre

    As the stay to the hotel, the kitchen and the service were irreproachable. We liked the delicate attention of a printed menu specially for ourselves, with a fitting text to the circumstances.

    This is actually one address to never to forget!

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    Comme le séjour à l'hôtel, la cuisine et le service étaient irréprochable. Nous avons aimés la délicate attention d'un menu imprimé spécialement pour nous, avec un texte approprié aux circonstances.

    C'est réellement une adresse à ne jamais oublier !

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    Favorite Dish: All was perfect: The apple to the "foie gras", the filet mignon, cheese and the dessert.

    Really worthy of the biggest cheefs.

    By way of aperitif we have to taste the Feuillardier: an aperitif rather soft to bases of châtaignes

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    Tout était parfait: La pomme au foie gras, le filet mignon, le fromage et le dessert.

    Vraiment digne des plus grand chef.

    En guise d'apéritif nous avons goûter le Feuillardier: un apéritif assez doux à base de châtaignes.

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    by wandeljp Updated Apr 24, 2008

    Etang de la Toueille

    This is a place that has us particularly enjoy to my friends and to me. A big pond occupies a part of a small valley.

    Next it, a mill (private property) works with waters brought by the spillway.

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    C'est un endroit qui nous a particulièrement plus à mais amis et à moi.
    Un grand étang occupe une partie d'une petite vallée.

    Tout à côté, un moulin (propriété privée) fonctionne avec les eaux apportées par le déversoir.

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    by wandeljp Updated Apr 24, 2008

    Chamborand (2)

    Not only the church is worth a small visit: you will find of here beyond some memories of the passed.

    An old house to attracted my attention: the door outline was apparently very old. No indication when to his origin. What of the opposite, the building was used as hen house.

    While taking around you towards the keep (deprived and inaccessible) you will meet again by the pond in a quiet framework but nevertheless magnificent.

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    Non seulement l'église vaut une petite visite: vous trouverez de ci delà quelques souvenirs du passé.

    Une vieille maison à attiré mon attention: le contour de la porte était apparemment très ancien.
    Aucune indication quand à son origine. Que du contraire, le bâtiment servant de poulailler.

    En vous baladant vers le donjon (privé et inaccessible) vous vous retrouverez au bord de l'étang dans un cadre tranquille mais néanmoins magnifique.

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    by wandeljp Updated Apr 24, 2008

    Chamborand

    Between St Étienne of Fursac and Bénévent the Abbey, be 20 km by the itinerary that we have used (GR654 - April 2008), we did halt to Chamborand.

    Here no café, no shops, only a small magnificent church (15 th century) for the some 200 inhabitants of the town and the ruins of an only keep trace of a castle of the 15 th century.

    Here equally one rediscovers the "bardeaux", sort of small tiles some chestnut wood covering the steeple roof.

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    Entre St Étienne de Fursac et Bénévent l'Abbaye , soit 20 km par l'itinéraire que nous avons empreinte (GR654 - Avril 2008), nous avons fait halte à Chamborand.

    Ici pas de café, pas de commerces, seulement une magnifique petite église (15 ème siècle) pour les quelques 200 habitants du village et les ruines d'un donjon seul vestige d'un château du 15 ème siècle.

    Ici également on retrouve les "bardeaux", sorte de petites tuiles en bois de Châtaigners couvrant le toit du clocher.

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  • Apr 13, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    “Le Pèlerin” Bar-Café Benevent L’abbaye, ( was Biere 23) has now changed hands; the new owners
    Mike & Daisy welcome all to come and sit on the sunny South facing terrace while enjoying a cool refreshing drink, we also serve Food and Ice creams throughout the day.
    Additionally we have place’s for 2 or 3 small tents for those with limited budgets.

    We are open from 10am till 10pm daily including weekends and public holidays, however on Wednesdays we open from 4pm.

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