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Towns and Villages of the Vendee

Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne

The tragic events of 23rd February 1794 will be for ever etched on the small town in the bocage of the Vendee, for on that fateful day the Republlican colonnes infernales massacred 563 of the towns women, children (110 less than 7 years old) and elderly along with there priest Abbe Voyneau as they knelt in prayer at a hilltop chapel at Petit Luc.
The chapel was rebuilt in 1867 using the original stones and is now the chapel of rememberance, inside the names of all those who were massacred are inscribed on marble slabs with the exception of the priest who has a seperate stone column a little further on.
In 1993 the Chemin de la Memoire was opened to commemerate the bicentenary of the start of the wars, it lies at the foot of the hill topped by the chapel of Petit-Lucs. The path that leads up to the memorial has panels of some of the main figures involved, on the left side in French and on the right in English. A wooden bridge spanning a moat leading into the state of the art memorial.
Historial de la Vendee. This impressive building with its grass roof house the museum de the Vendee. With the clever use of state of the art videos you are taken from the prehistory and how the land was made up, through the neolithic period, Roman, medieval, Rennaisence up to the modern times including how the industries of the Vendee are today at the forefront of the new technologies.
There is a special section on the Wars of the Vendee, the main characters and events. Paintings of the conflict though painted some years later in the romantique style give a vivid illustration of events  of the time.
There is a section for children to easily understand many parts of the long history of the Vendee
The Church of St. Pierre in Les Lus-sur-Boulogne has some colourful stained glass windows portraying the horrors of the war.
Find out more about some of the towns and villages of the Vendee