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The church and monestry of Vouvant.
The notre dame in Vouvant
the double arched doorway of the Notre Dame church.
Melusine, the half woman half serpent who legend says built the castle of Vouvant
Vouvant, a small village between La Chataigneraie and Fontenay-le-Compte, in the Vendée is a self appointed member of the prettiest village in France club. Wherever you go in France you will find a village professing to be the prettiest in France, and Vouvant is the South Vendée’s representative. There is no doubt that it is a beautiful place, the centre of the village is dominated by the 11th Century church, the Melusine Tower and ramparts overlook a wide bend in the languorous river Mere and the charmingly narrow streets house a plethora of artists studios.
The fortified village of Vouvant nestles neatly into the rambling countryside at the north end of the Mervent/vouvant forest.
This picturesque village is dominated on the skyline by the church of "Notre dame" , in 1000ad William V, the great duke of aquitane commisioned the bishops of Maillezais to build him a church and monestry on this pisturesque sight that he had  came across while hunting, due to a lack of money the church was not finished till 11th
century.Built in the Norman style with a romanesque portal.
Legend has it that it was Melusine the fairy who built the castle at Vouvant, and the tower that dominates the ramparts is all that is left today.
A short History of Vouvant.
The River Mere has been damed just below Vouvant by a small modern structure and lower down stream at the Pierre Brune Barrage. This turns the small river into a lake and with the old ramparts make a most attractive setting.
The narrow streets and picturesque stone houses with painted shutters and flowers growing out of the roadside and in pots make this an idyllic village to just stroll around or sit at one of the bars or cafes and just take in its splender. For those who wish for longer walks the are well marked trails, details can be had at the Tourest office on the edge of the Ramparts.
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The melusine tower on the ramparts at Vouvant.
View from the Ramparts
View across the lake
Melusine Tower
The church and monestry
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