Champdieu, Characterful village


Between hills and lowland in the heart of the Forez area, 5 km from Montbrison, Champdieu offers a rich and varied heritage testifying to over a thousand years of history. Its magnificent Benedictine priory has preserved its cloister and Romanesque church and cry


Between hillsides and plain, it grew under the protection of its priory high walls, and in the shadow of its church's two bell towers.
To see:
- Romanesque church with its crypt
- the convent's buildings, notably the refectory with it XVth century fresco
- Bise Gate and the interpretation centre for Romanesque art
- the old hospice (XVth century)
- a rich rural heritage (wash-house, vineyard lodge, bridge...)


  • Play area
  • Picnic area
  • Public WC
  • Exhibition space
  • Car park
  • Entertainments room
  • Parking nearby
  • Coach parking


  • Pets welcome
  • Educational visits
  • Room hire
  • Themed tour
  • Equipment loan
  • Tourist brochures
  • Restaurant
  • Tour free of charge
  • Guided tours


Free entry for children < 12 years.

Opening period

All year round, daily.

Spoken languages

  • German German
  • English English
  • French French
  • Dutch Dutch


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Champdieu, Characterful village 82 Rue de la Mairie 42600 Champdieu 04 77 97 17 29