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The two portals of the North façade are among the major attractions of this Benedictine abbey. The stunning sculpted decoration of the great portal dates from the 12C. Particularly remarkable is the tympan depicting Christ, enthroned and surrounded b..
Chemin des Cordeliers
The monastery of the Cordeliers underwent thorough restoration work. The most interesting features are the capitals in the North gallery, which represent the Vices and the Virtues, in particular the ermine (purity), the porcupine (justice), the dog (..
Museums and art
9 boulevard du Gén.-Leclerc
The Musée de la Soierie documents the silk-making traditions of Charlieu. It presents pieces made locally, such as the one worn by the statue of Notre Dame de Septembre, patron saint of weavers. It traces the evolution of the industry's techniques th..
Place de l'Abbaye
Excavations carried out at the Benedictine Abbey revealed two successive churches (9C and 10C) and an 11C abbey church. From the latter, there remains the narthex (a kind of vestibule), housing a Gallo-Roman sarcophagus, and the first bay featuring c..