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Maillezais

maillezais abbey across the fields.
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Maillezais just twelve kilometers east of Fontenay-le-Comte in the south Vendee has been inhabitated since early times being as it is on a small pennisular which protruded out into the gulf of Picton.
The Dukes of dukes of Aquitaine had a castle here and several were buried here.
This pretty small town on the edge of the Marais Poitevin is dominated by two churches. The Abbaye St. Pierre and the Church of St. Nicolas. The 11th century abbay is now in ruins but its impressive remains are magnificent example of Romanesque achitecture and attract visits from all over the world.
The Nave of St. Nicolas, Maillezais.
The Church of St Nicolas dating from the 11th century has a facade that has 3 romanesque arches with carvings of small telamones, atlantes and birds.
The Town has several restaurants, cafes and bars for those in need of refreshment and there are few tourist shops as well.


Maillezais is one of the major embarcadere (landing  places) on the Mairais Poitevin, the larger of the two ports is the Grand Port  by the abbay and from here you can hire tradition Barques (flat bottom boat) with or without a guide or a canoe so that you can take a lazy journey though the canals and discover the history,  flora, fauna and local traditions, these boats can be hired by the hour and can include a oneway trip on a barque and then return on foot with or without a guide.. Its a great way to discover this interesting part of the Vendee.
Maillezais in olden times
St Nicolas and main street Maillezais.
The Mairie at Maillezais
The curch of St. Nicolas at Maillezais, Vendee
Carvings on the Portal to St Nicolas church.
embarcadere de l'abbaye, Maillezais.
Auberge de L'Abbaye
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