Attraction in the Vendee.
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
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.
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
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);
Voix du Monastere: a fun presention of the artof Gregorian Chant
Evening events and tours (Tuesdays
in the Vendee
October to April 9.30 to 12.30
&13.30 to 18h
May - September. 10h
Closed:Last three weeks of January.
Tarif: Adult 5 euros, Student
and Handicaped 3euros