If you can stand the thought of being so close to the nuclear power station, the village of Civaux on the banks of the Vienne river has interest for those who like visiting graveyards.


Near the village is a huge necropolis with about 15,000 tombs, of many different types, some dating from as early as the 4th century AD.

Legend has it that the site began its history as a graveyard when, after a battle in 507 AD between Clovis and Alaric, sarcophagi fell miraculously from the sky to bury the dead who had fallen on the field.

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