Trizay Priory

Trizay, France

The Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste Priory in Trizay is an ancient Benedictine priory founded in the 11th century, situated in Trizay, Charente-Maritime. Initially a dependency of the Abbey of La Chaise-Dieu, it underwent restoration from 1994. The priory's convent buildings and church remnants are open to visitors and house a contemporary art center. Classified as a historical monument, it is also listed among the treasures of Saintonge.


Founded in the 11th century by a lord of Tonnay-Charente, the priory later became a dependency of the Abbey of La Chaise-Dieu. Benefitting from generous donations, it faced challenges during the Wars of Religion. The priory went through a commendatory period, suffering from neglect and destruction. Sold as a national asset in 1791, it became an agricultural enterprise. The church served as a parish until 1843 when it closed, replaced by a chapel. Classified as a historical monument in 1920, the priory underwent patient restoration since 1994 and now houses a contemporary art center.


The priory features unique Romanesque church remnants from the 11th century with an octagonal structure, distinctive chapels, and ornate sculptural elements. The convent buildings include the chapter house, monk's hall, cellar, and dormitory. Despite the lost cloister, archaeological evidence suggests its existence, and discovered graves hint at religious or local lord burials.


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Founded: 11th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)


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Chantal Magnier (8 months ago)
Super abbey, friendly and very pleasant welcome. Very well maintained and full of explanations. Not to miss
Wendy Matheson (4 years ago)
Magnificent re-purposing of an Abbey into an art museum. Love the new aesthetics, especially the stained glass windows.
Lucia Palmer (5 years ago)
Very interesting .historical .worth a visit
René Christensen (7 years ago)
Syndicat d'Initiative de Trizay - a beautiful little monastery. Which can be recommended if you want to see some history from this region. All info is on site.
Eric Grimaldi (7 years ago)
All the info you need to know when visiting the area of Trizay
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