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Towns and Villages of the Vendee
Lucon is situated on the border of the Marais Poitevin and the prairie of Lucon-fontenay, it was once a sea port
and was on the Roman road from Les Sables d,Olonne to Niort. The
Alluvial deposits did not start silting up the gulf of Picton till the
10th century, the harbour in Lucon was in use until 1924 though this
was only made possible by the draining of the marshes by the
Benedictine monks and later the Dutch.
The town was plundered by the Normans in 846 and again in 853 by the
Viking chief Hastings. Another Viking chief was recruited by the Count
du Poitier to recapture the town and after a short siege Hastings
negotiated a safe passage burning the town as he left.
Cathedral of Lucon dominates the skyline for miles around, the spire at
85m high is the pinnacle of this great cathedral which is built in several styles on
the site of a 12th century Romanesque church. Very little remains of
the original church except the gable end of the north transept and part
of the south transept. There is a gothic nave with two aisles,14th
century Choir and a Renaissance chapel. The facade is 17th century by
Toscane who also worked at St Michel en Herm and Fontenay le Comte. The
three sided cloister that joins the bishops palace to the
cathedral is from the Renaissance period. The organ by Cavaille-coll
was presented to the cathedral by Napoleon 111
In 1871 M. dumaine gave the town an attractive park which can be found behind the Marie.
Lucon is ideally situated for discovering many of the attractions of
the south and west Vendee including; the cote Luminiere, the marais
poitevin, the Praire of Fontenay-lucon and the bocage, it has good
communications both by road or rail.
Lucon is regarded as the spiritual capital of the Bas Poitou with the original monastery founded by St.Philbert in the V11e.
In 1317 Pope John XX11 decreed Lucon a Bishopric with a bishops palace
and cathedral. The most famous bishop was Armand du Plessis who at 23
was appointed bishop in 1608, he declared Lucon "the vilest, muddiest
and most unattractive bishopric in France” as the town had never
recovered from the wars of religion. Armand du Plessis who later became
Cardinal Richelieu and later still the 1st Minister under Louis X111
set about regenerating his diocese with the rebuilding of churches, the
cathedral and his palace, he also founded a college and hospital in the
Lucon is a thriving country town with a population of 10,000. Its main
industries are Agriculture, tourism and building mobile homes. There
are numerous Restaurants,
bars and cafes as well as shops and supermarkets and the town has a
bustling yet relaxed atmosphere with a very French feel to it.