Historic site and monument
in Chamalières-sur-Loire

Eglise Prieurale Romane de Chamalières-sur-Loire

Discover the superb Saint-Gilles church and its leafy Romanesque priory in the village of Chamalières-sur-Loire in the heart of the Loire Sauvage gorges.
Take your guided tour thanks to the texts displayed in this superb priory church. Dedicated to Saint-Gilles, this priory church is a fine illustration of Auvergne Romanesque art, characterized by its grace and sobriety, and marked by some Arab influences. The former Benedictine monastery, founded around 943, and a famous place of pilgrimage (thanks to the relics of Saint Gilles and Saint-Clou de Charlemagne), forms a harmonious architectural ensemble, located on the banks of the Loire. To see: the remains of the 4th century cloister, the primitive polychrome door, a magnificent Romanesque stoup (XNUMXth century), the fragments of the tomb of the bishop Saint-Etienne de Chalencon (XNUMXth century), the fresco of the Virgin with the 'Child Jesus and the fresco of a Doctor Jesus (XNUMXth century), a monk from the back clinging to the barrel (transept), thirty échéas (acoustic vases) in the vault of the choir, an apse wider than the nave and the aisles united with its XNUMX radiating chapels.
The guided tour is also available on the municipality's website, Heritage section, sub-section The Roman priory.
We speak French


  • Religious Heritage
  • Church
  • Monastery
  • Priory


Language(s) of the visit

English French

Individual visit services

  • Unguided individual tours permanently
  • Guided individual tours on request

Group visit services

  • Unguided group visits on request
  • Guided group tours on request


Opening hours from January 01 to December 31, 2024
MondayOpen from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
TuesdayOpen from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
WednesdayOpen from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
ThursdayOpen from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
FridayOpen from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
SaturdayOpen from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.
SundayOpen from 10 a.m. to 18 p.m.





  • Public toilets
  • Parking
  • Parking nearby
  • Coach parking


  • Tourist information
  • Guided tours

Activities on site

  • Concert
  • Botanical route

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On the spot…


6 seat Saint Jacques
43800 Chamalières-sur-Loire
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