Visit Crotelles

Nestled in the Madelon Valley, the village of Crotelles allows  you to discover the vestiges of a heritage dating from the prehistoric era to the 18th century. The dominant architectural heritage of Crotelles is its church from the 11th century. It has a uniquely shaped roof which is often described as a “donkey’s cap.”

Points of interest

Notre Dame Church


This building was built in the 11th century. From this Romanesque period, only the paneled nave remains. Transformations in the 14th century in the Gothic style and important restoration works in the 18th century gave the church its appearance today. One of its original features is the shape of its chevet, known as “donkey’s cap”.

Well with pump


The valley of the Madelon, a river running through Crotelles, is rich in springs, wells and fountains. The well located behind the school is an example. The water is only 1m80 deep. A Bodin pump highlights its presence.

Wash house and spring


Leaning against a house on Rue de la Fontaine, and accessible by a staircase, it is located on a plentiful but non-potable spring, named La Fontaine du Bourg.

Vinegar stone


It takes its name from the red color of the stoop. This block serves as a base for a large openwork Latin cross dedicated to the memory of a village priest who died in 1874. It is located on the slopes of La Racinière, the place where, in 1914, a small treasure of 53 gold coins was found.

Hidou pond


It is a communal pond initially intended to regulate the course of the Madelon. It has become a friendly place for fishermen.

Abbey of Gâtines


At the beginning of the 12th century, hermits living in the forest asked for an abbey to be built there. In 1138, the monastery was founded and the monks adopted the rule of Saint Augustine. At the end of the 12th century, the first buildings were destroyed by fire. Rebuilt then very damaged at the beginning of the wars of Religion, there remains only some ruins and the buildings of 13th and 18th centuries. The cloister has disappeared.

Place called « Cave Bodine »


Passage of Ronsard in the 16th century.

Menhir of the « Gros Perron »


Located at the end of the chemin de l’Hermitage, it stands north of the village, in a vineyard located at the top of the spur dominating the village.




Crotelles Town Hall
Place Charles de Gaulle 37380 Crotelles
02 47 55 04 13