For over 850 years the Chanu Commandery, which was founded by the Templars, has conserved its 12th century ribbed-vault chapel and also its exceptional period oak carpentry. The Commander’s abode , the temple porter’s quarters at the entry and the sheep pen attest a place which has been forgotten but which possesses secret charm in which the members of the former Order used to walk. This visit reminds us of the Temple House ‘La Maison du Chanu’ (which at the time of the Crusades was situated on the Vernon –Dreux road) seemingly ages away from the tumultuous Crusades and yet which played an important role in the first formidable network of the Templars when they embarked from Europe towards the Holy Land.
Opening times :
From 1st January to 31st December:
Open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 11a.m until 12.30p.m and from 2p.m until 5.30p.m
Closed from 27th July to 28th August.
Guided visit (45minutes):
Children aged between 6 and 18 years: 3.50€ – Free for children under 6 years
Group visits, (Schools, Associations and other) upon prior appointment only.
Contact details :
La Commanderie de Chanu (The Chanu Commandery)
Hameau de Chanu (Chanu hamlet)
4, rue de la Commanderie 27640 Villiers-en-Désoeuvre
Tel: 06 76 29 52 71
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