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Towns and Villages of the Vendee
From the Celtic, 'olona' High above water. 4000BC there was a neolithic civilization presence here and Menhirs have been found together with over 200 cut and polished stone axis. The Havre (harbour) des Olonnes gradually silted up over time with the Ile Vertime joining the mainland.
Due to the natural harbour this area was of great importance, the Romans had a settlement here, where besides the natural harbour they refined salt.

The town was invaded by Normans up till 911 when Olonne was included into 'talmondais' and came under the control of the Count of Poitou, Duc of Aquitaine who re-organized the area introducing the export of local wine and salt to northern Europe.
With the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to Henry11 the area came under English rule for half a century.
Olonne sur Mer map of yester year.
Today the town of Olonne affords a delightful detour in this quiet and enchanting area. The commune incompasses the Cote de Luminier and includes the beaches of Le Sauvettier and Les Granges, the forest of over 1000ha of pine and green oaks and the Marais-de-Olonne.
The church Notre dame de Olonne has exsisted since the 10th Century and was burnt down twice during the religious wars and the wars of the Vendee it was not re-roofed till 1805. It is most noted for its beautifull stained glass windows
The Chateau Pierre Levee has beautiful wrought iron gates and though privately owned in the summer there is a scénographie  which portrays the history of the region.
The Chateau Pierre-Levee at Olonne sur Mer
Olonne-sur-mer seem from the Marais.