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St Benoit du Sault

West of the Creuse river is St Benoit du Sault. This is a medieval hilltop town which stands on the Porte-Feuille river. It was established by monks from the monastery of St Benoit in the Loire sometime in the tenth century. They fortified it against marauding robber barons and in doing so made it an attractive and safe haven for settlement in general. It has managed to retain its medieval charm perched up on the walled rock.