Beaulieu, situated in the hollow of a hill in the Dordogne, with its palm trees, banana trees and plane trees, the mildness of its climate favourable to the cultivation of strawberries, is aptly nicknamed "Riviera Limousine". It has the charm of medieval cities with its Romanesque abbey church, its tympanum and its treasure, its narrow streets and half-timbered houses, its gabares. A member of the Federation of Cluniac Sites (linked to the Abbey of Cluny), it is endowed with a rich cultural heritage. Another asset of this city is the strawberries that many farmers grow in the surrounding area. The village was formed from the end of the 12th century around the abbey which was then a stopover on the road to Santiago de Compostela. It was in 855 that Raoul de Turenne, Archbishop of Bourges, having at heart to carry out a monastic foundation on his family land, decided to establish an abbey on the banks of the Dordogne, next to Vellinus, a fishing village. The cartulary of the site reports that in front of the splendour of the place, he could not help but baptize it "Bellus Locus". The powerful Benedictine abbey, of which 12 monks from the abbey of Solignac formed the primitive nucleus in the 9th century, was endowed with the relics of Saint Prime and Saint Félicien and a rich heritage, its possessions extending into the Limousin and Quercy regions. Around 1095, Beaulieu joined the Cluny Abbey and experienced a prosperous period during which the abbey church and the cloister were built (12th century). The abbey prospered and the town grew around the monastery buildings.

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