ABBAYE SAINT-JEAN D'ORBESTIERCHATEAU-D'OLONNE
Located on Le Chateau d'Olonne coastline, the Saint-Jean d'Orbestier abbey was built during the 12th century, at the instigation of the Duke of Aquitaine and Count of Poitou, Guillaume IX, on a 2000 acres domain. This monument currently being restored is an example of an important Benedictine monastry between the 12th and 18th century. As many others, it enjoyed greatness, prosperity before destruction. Richard Lion Heart contributed to the influence of the monastry by confiming the privileges granted to the Orbestier monks by his great-grand-father Guillaume IX and by making the Orbestier forest his favourite hunting ground. Open during the European Heritage days, on 15 & 16/09/18. Guided tour (in French) of Saint-Jean d'Orbestier Abbey : Visit of the exterior site as part of the guided tours organised by the Heritage and Archives Service of the Chateau d'Olonne town. Free admission, by reservation only, and according to availability. In July and August. Guided tour (in French) of the abbot's dwelling and art deco stairs of the old preventorium : Erected by the Saint Jean d'Orbestier Benedectine monks community, this dwelling features remarkable XVth century decorations. Meeting point outside the abbey. Free admission, by reservation only, and according to availability. In July and August.
LE SANCTUAIRE DE LA SALETTELA RABATELIERE
XIXth century cult site in Rabatelière en Vendée, 30 minutes from La Roche sur Yon, representing the apparitions of the Virgin to the children of La Salette. 35 minutes from Puy du Fou.
EGLISE SAINT MARTIN DE VERTOU ET CLOCHER PANORAMIQUEL'ILE-D'OLONNE
It is thought that the original church was built on this site towards 1200. It was restored during the 17th century (choir) and at the beginning of the 2Oth century. Free access all day long. Tour (in French) of bell-tower : Discover the vaulted ceilings and bells. From the top, admire the beautiful panoramic view over the marshland. Free visit : 3€/adult, 2€/4-12 years old. Guided tour : 5€/adult, 3€/4-12 years old. Free visit daily in July and August 10 am - 12.30 pm and 4-6.30 pm. Guided tour on Thursday from June to August at 2 pm.
L'ABBAYE DE COUDRIECHALLANS
Ancient commandery of Templars it was built in 1130 by Hugues de Payens, founder of the Order.
ABBAYE DE LA GRAINETIERELES HERBIERS
The Abbey has been a listed building since 1946. A congregation of Benedictine monks settled there in 1979
LE PRIEURÉ DE GRAMMONTSAINT-PROUANT
Priory founded in the late 12th century in Saint Prouant en Vendée, led by Richard the Lion Heart, it is one of the best preserved in France with its chapel, and convent buildings. 3D film. 20 minutes from Puy du Fou.