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Towns and Villages of the Vendee

Le Boupere

Le Boupere is just 7kms west of Pouzage on the boundary between the Lower and Haut Bocage, it is a quiet town of narrow streets around the medieval Church.
The church which was built in the 12th century was fortified during the 15th century and from the front looks to all purposes like a castle. The Fortifications were necessary to protect the inhabitants of the town from attack.

The church was built in 3 stages; the first in the 12th century in the shape of the Latin cross with a semi-circular choir was in the Romane style.
The second addition was at the end of the 14th century and the beginning of the 15th century in the middle of the 100 years War 1337-1458 when the fortifications were added to protect the populace however it seems that they were never tested.
The third addition in the 19th century was to the north transit and reconstruction of the choir in 1867 and then in 1890 the south transit was enlarged.
The L'oculus (round window in the facade had new stained glass windows added in 1926.

Tuesdays is market day.
le Boupere fortified church
l'Oculus, photo from the le-boupere website.
Discover more about the towns and villages in the Vendee
Origin of the Name. A 10th century village exsisted here with a latin name of Alba Petra which signifies  'pierre Blanc' (white stone) which contracted successively to Aubepierre, la bepere onwards to Le Boupere.
Other noteable buildings in and around Le Boupere are the Manor house at La Daviere which is 14th century as is the Chateau de Fief-Milon.