• Nécropole Mérovingienne
    Civaux

    Many legends surround the necropolis and its several thousand tombs. The 350 Merovingian sarcophagi were probably the resting place for soldiers killed in 507 A.D. during the battle of Vouillé, between Clovis and the  Visigoths. This necropolis is also a witness of early christianisation in the area, since  it has a church with a baptismal font, still visible.  Note the romanitc atmosphere of the tombes around the chapel and fence, which is made exclusively of upright tombstones.Also in Civaux : the cultural centre, and the partly restored Romanesque church standing on 4th century foundations. Not to be missed : the Abyssea Water Complex and Crocodile Planet.

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  • Ecomusée de Port des Barques
    Port-des-barques

    This ecomuseum is devoted to the estuary's maritime history. An exhibition in an oyster shed explains the life cycle of oysters, their environment, and the town's traditions. The museum also highlights the history of oyster farming with a display of tools and scales. A shed offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the local environment and oyster farming through a film of over 400 slides of Port des Barques .

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  • Musée de l'Ecole Jules Ferry
    Nanteuil-en-vallée

    A living museum of a late 19th century class room.

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  • Musée du Poitou Protestant
    Beaussais

    Jean Migault, protestant during the XVIIe century, wrote a letter ti his daughter. In it, he revealed the Louis XIV's persecutions of his family and all huguenot people. Some persons settled in hospitable countries to preserve their religious independance. Many stayed in Poitou, and resisted, defending freedom of conscience. A guide will tell you about this story.

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  • Abbaye de Saint Savin
    Saint-Savin

    Guided tour of the Abbey of St Savin with a tour guide.  Alternatively, an individualised scenographic tour of about 90 minutes, with a booklet, of the abbey and the monastic buildings.  The Abbey became a  UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983, on account  of its exceptional  romanesque wall paintings. Come and discover this new presentation : fibreoptic lighting, wrought iron lamps and renovated stained glass windows. The monastic buildings of the 17thC house the scenographic tour: films, models, dioramas and multimedia areas provide an entertaining and interactive discovery of the site, putting the site and the paintings into a historic, religious and artistic context. This romanesque work of art should not be missed by anyone who wants to learn about the art of medieval Poitou.Also, visitors should explore the Valley of Frescos, between St Savin and Saulgé, along the Gartempe river.  This circuit links a number of different monuments decorated with murals.  Artists of the past decorated chapels and chateaux, at the bidding of monks or the aristocracy, between the 11thC and 14thC.  This tradition was rediscovered in the 19thC.Not far away is Montmorillon, known as the "Town of the Written Word and Book Crafts", and Chauvigny,  with its medieval town and free-flying bird show.  anSince Roman times, the abbey church has contained one of the most vast and remarkable sets of murals created around 1100 AD. The monastic 17th century building welcomes you to the scenographic course which offers films, models, dioramas, and multi-media stations that ensure visitors an enjoyable and interactive discovery of the site and paintings in a progressive historic, religious and artistic context. Game and instructional booklet available for children. To see as well: the route of the Valley of the frescos , between Saint-Savin and Saulgé, along the Gartempe, which takes you to many monuments with painted murals. Many artists exerted their talents on the walls of the churches, vaults and castles, in answer to the orders of monks and lords between the 11th and 16th centuries. The tradition of mural decoration was again taken up during the 19th century.

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  • Fort Enet
    Fouras

    It takes about 2 hours to visit Fort Enet, which was built in the 19th century to help protect the Rochefort roads, and was finally converted into a prison. It is advisable to wear appropriate shoes or boots.

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  • Musée de l'Ordre de Malte
    Magné

    XVth century chateau with it's unique in France museum on "The Order of Malta".The inside decoration dates from the XVIII th century. Tha façade presents beautiful gothic flamboyant and renaissance windows.The chapel was built in 1530 and has stained glass windows featured in the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1867.

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  • Musée des Bujoliers
    Saint-césaire

    Renamed House of Mérine, this authentic saintongeaise house kept furniture and objects of time 1900, as well as the still of the wine grower and the bujours with washing. Other rooms are dedicated to the geology and to the prehistory

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