• Musée du Poitou Protestant

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • Cité de l'Huître

    Guided visits in English for groups: Standing in the oyster bed, your leader will tell you all about oyster farming. Then, come and see a movie called "Entre Terre et Mer" showing oyster farmers working in a beautiful and protected environnement moulded by their hands.You will also learn about how to open an oyster and taste 2 oysters. Guided visits in English for everyone every Thursday in July and august.

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  • Promenade en mer Oléron
    Le Château-d'oléron

    Discovery of the Marennes-Oleron basin by boat, 1 hour. Commented visits on oyster farming, oyster park discovery.

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