Saint-Jean-de-Côle Travel Guide

  • Saint-Jean-de-Côle's main square
    Saint-Jean-de-Côle's main square
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  • Le Château de la Marthonie
    Le Château de la Marthonie
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  • The Square
    The Square
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Saint-Jean-de-Côle Things to Do

  • Château de la Marthonie and around

    Easily Saint-Jean-de-Côle's most impressive sight, the château occupies a prominent position at the village's main square. It was built in the 12th century, roughly at the same time as the monastery which was the starting point of Saint-Jean-de-Côle's history. While the château looks impressive, it is not open to the public. Next to it is the...

  • The Old Bridge

    River Côle may be just a few metres wide, but you still need a bridge to traverse it. That's why the old bridge was built in the 12th century, shortly after the foundation of Saint-Jean-de-Côle. It's a massive stone bridge, albeit rather low. Set against a line of old houses, the bridge makes for a lovely photo sujet - no wonder it's been a...

  • 'The Saint Jean Batiste church (3)'

    Church inside What strikes when entering within the rather dark church is the deprivation. There's no decorations intemperate, but a place removed from th world: an invitation to contemplation.It will be noted that the tomb of the bishop of Amiens (1577) Geoffroy of Marthonie (subject: some sources reported buried in the cathedral of Amiens)We...

  • The Old Bridge

    The Old Bridge In a fairly distant past the road between Nontron and Thiviers going over the River Cole in Saint John Cole on the Roman bridge."Packhorse Bridge " form of structure paved with pebbles saw past coaches and diligences for many generations. Today, pilgrims on the way to Compostelle use it regularly ... And it was also our...

  • The Saint Jean Batiste church (2)

    Church outside What strikes at first is the 12 meter high wall (blind). They give all the appearance of a fortress.Other points of interest are the capitals although very eroded showing different scenes from the bible.I personally find most interesting and even "spectacular" the "morillons": different heads of humans or animals just under the...

  • The Saint Jean Batiste church (1)

    The Saint Jean Batiste church It's around the year 1083 the Bishop of Périgueux, Raynaud de Thiviers decide to built the church of the priory.While it is undeniable that it is of Roman construction, it takes form a Byzantine unique and special. You should know that the huge dome (12.60 m in diameter) it collapsed under its own weight in the course...

  • The old houses in the smal streets

    Rue du Fond du Bourg You will not long time have to looking for, the village is not so great, before reaching the rue du fond du bourg. Some half-timbered houses of the fourteenth century are visible. One of them is particularly spectacular: it hang to the side of the street and partly in an ambiguous position.Some other small streets are...

  • The old mill

    The old mill Located only a few meters from the old bridge. Powered by the Côle River tributary of the Dronne, this mill can not be visited. It is not in use since long time, as are others in the region producing the flour but also cider or walnut oil.---oooOOOooo--- Situé a seulement quelques mètres du vieux pont. Alimenté par la rivière Côle...

  • The Castle

    The Castle Majestic, overlooking the square (St. Jean) in the village, you can only be impressed by this imposing fortress.His conception out XII th century. It is classified as historical monuments.An eventful history: the first "castle" was created in the XII th century, a famous owner was Marthon Mondot of the first President of the Court of...


Saint-Jean-de-Côle Off The Beaten Path

  • Boschaud Abbey

    Boschaud Abbey Around the ruins of the abbey of the twelfth century were under development during our passage. The remain of trees and green around was already well advanced, and allowed for fairly impressive.The visit is free. Very little information on the spot, unfortunately. The remains of the cloister, and above all the succession of domes...

  • Villars village

    Villars village With its 536 inhabitants, the village of Villars offers you a peaceful stay. The spots are located outside the center: the caves, Puyguilhem castle and Boschaud Abbey.Perhaps the church and the fountain on the square can be worth a visit.Public toilets have been installed next to it. ---oooOOOooo--- Avec ses 536 habitants, le...

  • The castel of Puyguilhem

    The castel of Puyguilhem It is a castle of the sixteenth century. It Mondot de La Marthonie, an advisor to François I, King of France, who had it built. Its construction lasted 20 years.Renaissance. The many windows give an airy building with good speed.Castle Puyguilhem, 24530 Villars. Visits: Schedule different season. Prices: 5 euros (free for...


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