Souvigny is a commune with 1991 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2011 ) in the department of Allier in the Auvergne region; it belongs to the district Moulins, the community association Agglomà de Moulins and is capital of the canton Souvigny.

  • 4.1 Couvent des Cordeliers de Champaigue


The municipality lies on the River Souvigny Queune, about twelve kilometers south-west of Moulins.

To 44.35 km ² large municipality of Souvigny include Oersteile and the hamlet of Les Vergers, Chéry, La Varenne, Les Noix, La Forge and La Vivayre.



Souvigny has some buildings or objects that are classified as a monument historique in the base Mérimée, the database of the French Ministry of Culture or registered in their additional directory. To the protected structures include:

  • Convent and monastery church Souvigny ( Prieuré de clunisien Souvigny )
  • Former church of Saint- Marc, originally from the 12th century

The monastery and its church

915 gave the Bourbon Aymard I. the church of St -Pierre in Souvigny the monastery of Cluny. So here, too, settled monks. The town was the first capital of the Bourbonnais before the Duke seat was moved to Moulins. 994 died in the holy Majolus, the fourth abbot of Cluny, in Souvigny; the grave of his time very famous personality was the center of attraction of many pilgrims, for they built the first three-nave Romanesque church. 1008 was a priory, one of the " Five Daughters" of Cluny. 1049 also died the holy Odilon here. As a result, the number of pilgrims took to the grave of the saint still, especially Souvigny lay on the route of the German - James pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Two other church naves were added. When the Bourbons Souvigny made ​​it their burial place, 1448 was a chapel, Chapelle Neuve, added.

The monastery had since the 11th century the right of coinage; a capital of the monastery church, which is called " Les monnayeurs ", shows monks as they beat money, weigh and fill in the sack.

1792 attracted the monks from from Souvigny, the central tower was destroyed. During the French Revolution the most statues in the church were badly damaged and everything pointed to the Bourbons as ruler eliminated. The church was retained as a building because it was levied instead of the church Saint- Marc, you gave to the parish church.

From the Romanesque church, the choir and part of the nave are only externally visible today. In the transformation of the priory to five-aisled church in gothic-flamboyant style of the west facade was increased. Vestry and three wings of the cloister are creations of the 18th and 19th centuries; a cloister wing dates from the 15th century and has a Gothic cross vault on.



  • Jean -Luc Perrot plays Romance l' Art du facteur d' orgues, Dom Bedos de Celles François -Henri Clicquot organ, Souvigny

Today, the Community of St. John (La communauté Saint Jean) holds the monastery.

Neuve Chapelle

Church of Saint -Marc

Couvent des Cordeliers de Champaigue

The Couvent des Cordeliers de Champaigue founded in 1245, about one kilometer outside of Souvigny, was one of the cemeteries of the lords of Bourbon; it was destroyed during the Board and replaced by an agricultural enterprise. The tomb of the wife of Duke Ludiwig I. was rediscovered at the beginning of the 20th century by a farmer in a field and is now in the Musée du Pays de Souvigny Souvigny.


  • Maiolus and Odilo of Cluny abbots buried in Souvigny ( the graves were rediscovered in 2001 )
  • Jean -Baptiste Chardon, member of the Paris Commune (1871 ), born in 1839 Souvigny