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To see in Mansle and the vicinty, more information is available from the Tourist Office, Mansle area, telephone 05 45 20 39 91

Mansle floral park, open from 29th May to 30th September.
The ephemeral gardens of St Fraigne, open from June to October.
The garden of the senses at Montjean, free visits from 15th June to 15th September
The medieval, monastic garden of Tusson, visits from the end of March to the end of November.
The gardens of Argentor at Nanteuil-en- vallee, open all year round.
Saint-Groux, a poachers' village built within a meander of the Charente almost on a large island, a kingdom for lovers of nature and fishing. To see : the house of the brook of the isles and of poaching, with an audio-visual area and themed exhibitions, a spot for fishing in an orchard and shady places along the banks of the river.
Villognon, the church has a portal framed by two bas-reliefs, to the north the enthronement of St Nicholas, patron saint of the church, and to the south St Michael slaying the dragon.
Bayers, the totally restored castle was the seat of an important duchy, which from the 12th century belonged to the La Rochefoucauld family. The purpose of the castle was to keep watch over a ford on the Charente.
Licheres, the romanesque church of St Denis, an ancient priory founded in the 12th century by the benedictines of Charroux.
Mouton, the village is crossed by the river Son-Sonnette, and has St Martial church, a wash-house and typical houses.
Chenon, the church of Our Lady.
Moutonneau, fords and footbridges to reach the islands.
The villages of Saint-Front, Saint Suplice, Couture and Ventouse, for their romanesque churches.
Fontenille, where there are dolmens close to the departmental road number 61.
Lonnes, the restored hamlet of Petit Fayolle, with its 18th century framework.
Sainte Colombe, a church with a sculpted facade of bas-reliefs representing symbols of the evangelists and scenes from the life of Colombe, a virgin martyred at Sens in the 3rd century.
Saint-Amant de Bonnieure, the church has a romanesque apse and a statue of a virgin with child from the 16th century. The 14th century castle has become a home.
Saint-Angeau, the village with its romanesque church and a museum of clogs, prams and old lace.
The neolithic cemetry of Boixe, in the forest, the restored dolmen from the 4th millenium BC. A footpath leads through the heart of the forest, a sacred place well before Christianity, which shelters neolithic remains in an area of great importance for animal and plant biology.
Aussac-Vadalle, in the clearing of Puy-merle, an ancient place of pilgrimage, of markets and fairs, the remains of an old convent.
Maine-de-Boixe, the chapel of the Knights Templar.
Nanclars, an old village of pedlars, St Michael's church from the 12th century, wash-houses.
Saint-Amant-de-Boixe, the abbey church of the 12th and 15th centuries, one of the best preserved in the Charente, and the biggest in the department apart from the Cathedral of Angouleme. The romanesque abbey was transfered in the 11th century to its present site when the Taillefer counts of Angouleme, protectors of the abbey monks, erected the castle at Montignac. You must also see the cloisters.
Montignac, a town which spreads itself out in a semi-circle with a background of hills facing the valley. The first castle built by William Taiffer 2nd, was rebuilt by Count Vulgrin Taillefer 2nd in the 12th century. See the fortified gate and the portcullis passage from the 13th century, and the 12th century dungeon where exhibitions are shown.
Xambes, the romanesque church of Our Lady with its miraculous well.
Villejoubert, the Andone mound,occupied since the 7th century BC, during the gallo-roman epoch, then from 950 to 1028 by the counts of Angouleme, prior to being totally abandoned in favour of Montignac.
Tusson and the remains of priory, the gothic church dedicated to Saint-Jaques de Compostelle and its contemporary mural paintings, the floral tour and themed gardens, medieval monastery garden, and Marguerite of Angouleme's home.
Embourie, the gallo-roman villa, a site where there are regualr archaeological digs. The excavations have revealed many personal remains, mural paintings, ceramics, coins, jewellery and pieces of sculpted architecture. These objects are on show in the context of an exhibition entitled « The land of Villefagnan in gallo-roman times » An exhibition is available in the centre of the village of Embourie from 1st July till 31st August, except Wednesdays.
Ruffec, and the church of Saint-Andre of Ruffec from the 12th and 15th centuries.
Condac, a relaxation and leisure area on the site of Rejallant on the banks of the Charente, with an archipelago of islands linked by footbridges, a mill between wooded cliffs and water meadows, dominated by a country house.
Bernac, at Breuil-au-Vigier, where there is an octagonal shaped 18th century dovecote.
Barro, the setting of Touches with a viewpoint over the meandering Charente : the hanging hamlets of Aigue and Cuchet.
Nanteuil-en-Vallee and its romanesque abbey of the St Benoit order, a gothic church and an arboretum... An exhibition of gallo-roman remains, in the 13th-15th century church are stalls from the abbey, a sculpted panel in painted stone from the 15th century representing the subject of the Trinity. The Arboretum in rue de la Folatiere was designed by BUREAU, a charentais landscape gardener between 1930 and 1940. The gardens of Argentor, flower borders and a waterfall from the arboretum, water features and a maze of woven willow in the aquatic garden.
Villejesus with its typical houses and the church which accommodates contemporary painted murals.
Ligné with its cemetry of 70 medieval tombstones and a 17th century 'Hosannah' cross. In the church of the ancient priory of Our Lady there are gothic painted murals depicting original sin and the expulsion from paradise.
Saint-Gervais, and the chapel of Saint-Pierre of Boisaugeais with its ornate facade of 15th century sculptures, mural paintings carried out in the 15th and 18th centuries, decorated paintings of rosettes, fleur-de-lys and coats of arms, and the museum of the state school.
Aizecq, the birth-place of Saint-Pierre Aumaitre 1837-1866, a Christian missionary who was martyred in Korea. His statue stands close by the church and there is also a wash-house.
Verteuil on the banks of the Charente and dominated by the castle, stronghold of the La Rochefoucauld family since the 11th century, was demolished by Charels 7th, then reconstructed in 1459 and modified in the 19th century. To discover : the alleyways of medieval houses with doors with braced arches, the Aumonerie quarter, the 17th century mill on the Charente, and the old fair green. To visit : the romanesque church of Saint-Medard, which holds a burial tomb from the 16th century in terra cotta attributed to the studio of Andre and Germain Pilon. It was commissioned for the castle chapel. It is considered one of the most remarkable works of statue art in the Department of the Charente. Don't forget the chapel of Saint-Francois of the Cordeliers convent ( private property).
Villefagnan, built in the middle of a plain at the crossroads of several routes, the town was the centre of the reformed church and the castle became its bastion. Of the ancient castle built at the end of the 16th century, there remains only the gate flanked by two towers. To discover : the academy of rural art and popular traditions, the site of the mill 'Pierres Blanches', the three fountains lake.
Empure, village with the house and church of Saint-Maixent, with restored mural paintings.
Longre, the hamlet of Vivier with climbing vines on the facades of the houses.
Paizay - Naudouin, the 15th century castle of Saveille, a big square area isolated from the ground by huge moats, Renaissance sculptures, skylights adorned with mythological subjects.
Theil-Rabier and La Magdeleine, romanesque churches of Sainte-Radegonde and Sainte Madeleine.
La Vallee de la Peruse, walking circuit with explanations of the valley.
Le site des Couradeaux, a wooded plateau where a Mediterranean form of fauna and flora has developed, Couradeaux wood offers a relaxing time for leisure and rambling ( guided circuit - in the steps of wolves, 7 km marked out by educational signposts, topo-guide number 016).
Courcome, to discover the church of Our Lady, with a 12th century facade, fantastic animal heads on the columns.
At Raix the romanesque church of Saint-Barthelemy with a facade of poitiers-style cornicing, close by a house with a french-style garden.
La Rochefoucauld, and its castle, cradle of a famous family. Seven centuries of history and architecture. It's the most prestigious castle in the Charente but there are other dwellings to discover too. The castle of Rochebrune at Etagnac, the castle of Balzac, the medieval castle of Peyras at Roumazieres-Loubert or even the castle of Chesnel at Chevres -Richemont .....
Angouleme, artistic and historic town, a town surrounded by flowers where it's good to stroll and eat in the old quarters, pedestrianised areas in the shadows of the ramparts of the raised town. Angouleme is home to the National Centre for Cartoons, and of the image born in the wake of the international festival of cartoons, which takes place in the town every year. To discover : the studio museum of paper at Nil, the paper mill at Verger de Puymoyen, the paper museum at the Fleurac Mill at Nersac, the museum of fine arts. Discover Angouleme with a guided visit from June to September. You must see Saint Pierre Cathedral, which has illustrations of the ascension and the final judgement.
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