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Attraction in the Vendee.

Abbaye de Maillezais

Resting on an island in the Golfe de Pictons it is architecturally unique in the Poitou Saintonge.The Abbaye Saint Pierre was built in 1003 on the site of a former castle of the Dukes of Aquitaine several of whom were buried here and entrusted to the benedictines in 1010. The Abbaye was pillaged in the 13th century on several occasions by the count of Mervent-Vouvant
In 1317 Pope John XX11 declared it a Bishopric though her allowed the monks to stay.
Artists and men of Letters always found a refuge here. Francois Rabelais in 1518 during the Wars of Religion was a notable refugee.after being expelled from Fontenay-le-Comte.
It was made a Protestant stronghold by Agrppa d'Aubigne in 1589 before being sold to the Duke of Rohan in 1610. In 1648 the Bishopris was tranferred to La Rochelle.
The Abbaye was confiscated  by the state just after the Revolution and sold for demolition.
From the Abbey's esplanade visitors can view the imposing remains of the cathedral and the seven halls of its well preserved monastic buildings which include the refectories, cellar, salt store. dormatories and the kitchen

There are several event throughout the year:
The Festival Des Abbeye: classical and sacret music;
Visits Insoltes: an original way to learn about the abbey by solving a mysterious riddle;
Les Compagnons Batisseurs: Spectacles presenting the story of the monks who buit the Abbey. (July -August);
Les Voix du Monastere: a fun presention of the artof Gregorian Chant (July-Augaust);

Evening events and tours (Tuesdays  July-August).
maillezais abbey across the fields.
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Open every day;
        October to April 9.30 to 12.30 &13.30 to 18h
        May - September. 10h to 19h
Closed:Last three weeks of January.
Tarif: Adult 5 euros, Student and Handicaped 3euros
        under 18s Free