Robert de Turlande (1001-1067) entered the orders at the age of 25. He subsequently became a hermit, then an itinerant preacher, healing the sick. In 1050, he founded the abbey of La Chaise Dieu in Haute-Loire. He initiated the construction of more than 50 churches and priories. He is celebrated on April 30.
It dates from the 12th century but is deprived of its nave (destroyed in the 16th century) which was located on the current village square. Note the presence of a very beautifully crafted 13th century Christ. A classical music festival (The musical summer of Saint-Robert) takes place every summer in this church.
This thousand-year-old village in New Aquitaine owes its origin to Benedictine monks, disciples of Robert de Turlande, who built a priory on this site in 1122. First called Murel (name of the limestone plateau where it was located), then Mont Bel Air during the Revolution, the village took the name of Saint-Robert from 1795. From the creation of the priory, only the current church which was restored at the end of the 19th century.
Located in Corrèze, but on the border with the Dordogne, Saint-Robert was a strategic stronghold blocking the passage to the Périgord and suffered during the wars of religion. The church was equipped, in the 14th century, with square towers, pierced with loopholes, and an octagonal lantern tower (watchtower). The building being the defensive center of the village, it suffered from the battles between Protestants and Catholics during the wars of religion in the 16th century, as well as clashes during the Fronde in the 17th century.
Several noble houses are visible while walking through the ancient streets. Some even bear the name of castles: Château Beauroire, Château de Verneuil (with its very pretty chapel) or Château d'Aragon belonging to the Noailles family.
The buildings of Saint-Robert have retained traces of their medieval past. Numerous remains of shops are visible on certain facades.
Saint-Robert is located at an altitude of 350 meters high, on a limestone plateau which opens onto a vast panorama, where we discover the hamlet of Saint-Maurice and the valley, then to the east the town of Ayen and the plain of Brive. Go behind the church to enjoy the view.
Did you know that at the bend of a path, you can see a miraculous fountain? Legend has it that it heals sick and rickety children. It is visible at a place called Saint-Maurice just before entering the village. In the past, many pilgrims came to this fountain every August 15.
Open your eyes and ears wide: Saint-Robert is one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. Its strengths: old seignorial homes, narrow streets, remains of fortified gates, there is even a miraculous fountain. But it is also the setting for a classical music festival, the first created in Limousin region, and which welcomes the greatest French orchestras every year. The Notre-Dame church and its perfect acoustics offer their notes all the momentum they could dream of. At your stands, gentlemen...
Village of Saint-Robert,
05 55 24 08 80 (Brive Agglomération tourist office)
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