In 1120 hermits gathered around a spring (origin of the name Chancelade) organized themselves into a community, adopted the rule of life of Saint Augustine and founded theChancelade Abbey.
The abbey grew rapidly, underwent the war of 100 years and then the wars of religion. At the end of it there are only ruins, some canons. In 1614 the young Alain de Solminihac agreed to succeed his uncle as Abbot Commendatory de Chancelade. After his ordination he moved to Chancelade and successfully began the reformation of his abbey.
It is going to have a great deal of radiation before it is largely destroyed in the revolution. In 1789 any monastic presence disappears until 1992. That year the bishop asked the community of regular canons of Saint-Victor present at Saint-Astier to take over the parish of Chancelade. This community finally settled in Chancelade in 1998 with the project, in the process of being implemented, to restore the Logis Abbatial and to make it a spiritual centre open to all.
Today you can visit the Abbey Church, property of the commune, entrusted to the regular canons of Saint Victor for the exercise of Catholic worship, the Chapel of Saint John, consecrated parish church in 1147. (property of the diocese) The park, in large part private, is open to the promenade, you can admire the Logis Abbatial, property of the community, in the course of restoration.
Free visit, the explanatory booklet available, in French or in English is offered by the association (possibility of donations)
Possibility to visit commented by the Friends present on the premises according to their availability, possibility of visiting commented on appointment taken by email or phone (donations possible)
For groups rate of 2 € 50 per person
Dates and Times
Open from 08:00 to 20:00 every day the abbey is freely visited except during the offices (8am-8:15; 12.15-12.30; 17h45-19h15) and the worship celebrations (Sunday masses at 11:00, weddings, baptisms, funerals...)