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. The present chancel dates from the 17th century, but the tower leading to the church bell is deemed to be older. Stunning panoramic views of the marshes guaranteed. Free access to the church all day long.
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.
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.
ABBAYE SAINT-JEAN D'ORBESTIERCHATEAU-D'OLONNE
Located on the coast at Le Château d’Olonne, Saint-Jean d’Orbestier Abbey was built in the 12th century on the orders of the Duke of Aquitaine and Count of Poitou, William IX, on an 800-hectare estate. The recently r e s t o r e d monument stands testament to what was once an important Benedictine monastery between the 12th and 18th centuries. Like many others, it lived through times of grandeur, prosperity and destruction. Richard the Lionheart contributed to the monastery’s fame by confirming the privileges given to the Orbestier monks by his grandfather and by making the forest of Orbestier his favourite hunting ground.