There's another church in Souvigny, located not far from the grand St-Pierre-et-St-Paul priory. It's the Église Saint-Marc, the town's former parish church, and it was built in the 1100s, at a time when the bigger church was still under construction as well.
Saint-Marc is open only for guided tours that you have to request (in advance, I think). The building no longer serves as a church, but has been set up with auditorium seating to be used as a concert hall. The church is an example of the Burgundian Romanesque style, according to the Micheline Green Guide.
Another very striking building in Souvigny is the 17th-century house called La Porterie (above). It served as the entrance to the monastery and gardens that lie to the south and east on the grounds of St-Pierre-et-St-Paul, and was built to provide accommodations for visiting dignitaries, with stables for their horses.
Today, La Porterie is operated as a chambres d'hôtes establishment (a bed & breakfast). Here's a link to the B&B on the Gîtes de France web site. It looks like it has been completely restored inside and appears to be comfortable.
There are three rooms at La Porterie, I gather, starting at 120€ per night for two people, and one family suite (sleeps 4) that seems to have a kitchen, or at least a kitchenette, and a sitting area, for 200€ a night.
We paid about 75€ a night for the comfortable gîte rural (full apartment, but for 2) we rented in the nearby town of Neuvy. That included the heat (electric radiators), the cleaning fee, and the dog. So it came to 300€ for four nights.
I don't know anything about the house above except that it's right next to the Porterie. I like look of it.
Every photo is a gem. For the life of me, I can't figure out how those cars in the last photo reached their parking spots unless there's a passageway under the house on the right.ReplyDelete
It looks as if they came in through the front gate. The photo is deceptive, makes it look to me as if there's a wall blocking the car on the right.Delete
Souvigny is a very interesting little village with very nice and beautiful architecture.ReplyDelete
The town had a good idea in making the church a concert hall. Today's photos are lovely.ReplyDelete
That afternoon in Souvigny, we were distracted by threatening weather (though that doesn't show in many of the photos) and by worrying about the dog as we walked the streets. It was only as I looked at my photos over the past few days that I came to realize what a pretty place Souvigny actually is. Return trip?Delete
o.k. with me !Delete
I quite like the roof lines of La Porterie. The house in the last photo is also quite attractive.ReplyDelete