Things to see
THINGS TO SEE
CHURCH OF SAINT MARTIN SAINT MAJAN
All that remains is the chancel, two bays of the nave and the bell-tower, which has been dated back to the fourteenth century; the surrounding wall dates from the eighteenth century. The church is Gothic, but a typically southern French version of the style, with a broad, single nave, no side aisles and a buttressed ceiling with small chapels between the buttresses.
CHURCH OF SAINT GREGOIRE
This former parish church dating from the twelfth and eighteenth centuries was abandoned during the French Revolution, fell into ruin and was restored during the nineteenth century. Lovingly constructed, it is in the late Romanesque style; the date 1192 stands over the portal surrounded by the symbols of the four Evangelists and the Pascal lamb. The church houses the Hauts-Cantons Archaeological Museum.
HAUTS-CANTONS ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
Open May 1st-Oct. 15th Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 3pm-6pm.
Groups: all year round on demand. Church of St-Grégoire
04 67 95 64 17 / 06 73 75 29 83
All the houses surrounding Place de l’Abbaye as far as Rue du Couvent were part of the monastery as it was rebuilt by the monks during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
MONASTERY TOWER, CALLED MIRANDE TOWER
This large remaining feature of the former monastery stands on Place du Presbytère behind the former abbey. A lovingly built structure dating from the twelfth century, it served as a fortification, lookout tower and bell-tower.
From the early thirteenth century, Villemagne was enclosed by walls and fortified gateways. The south entrance to the village still has a high gateway called the Barbican which formed part of the wall.
HOTEL DES MONNAIES
The archives report that a mint existed on the lands belonging to the abbey, but it does not seem to have been situated inside the village. However, the nickname of this beautiful house has perpetuated its memory. From the shape of its capitals, it can be dated back to the thirteenth century. The ground floor seems to have housed shops and warehouses, while the first floor was reserved for living apartments.