• Château d'Oiron

    The Renaissance-style Oiron castle was built in the 16th century and houses a collection of contemporary works called 'Curios et Mirabilia'. Designed as a cabinet of curiosities, its name refers to the personal collection of the one-time owner, Claude Gouffier. Amidst the 46 rooms, the visitor is invited to stroll from 'marvel' to 'curiosity'. In some ways akin to the nearby Loire castles, Oiron is an original crown jewel of Renaissance architecture possessing a fine gallery of paintings and featuring adorned 17th-century facades. Mme de Montespan acquired it in 1700 for the sake of her legitimate son, the duke of Antin.

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  • Abbaye Royale

    The royal abbey and its formerly abbatial church, Notre Dame, dating back to the 12th century, were partially destroyed in 1568 in the wars of religion. Reconstructed over the second half of the 17th century by the archiect François le Duc (known as "Tuscan"), the two structures form a major architectural whole. Even though it was never fully completed (the north wing remained unbuilt), the royal abbey has stayed impressive; its facade is composed of "bumpy" stones with massive abutments; it is commonly known as "little Versailles". Visits are focused on the architecture, the history, the collections... You may also visit P. Certain's motorcycle zone; some of the one-time vehicles are a century old.

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  • Tour de la Lanterne dite des 4 sergents
    La Rochelle

    Seventy meters high, topped off by an octagonal Gothic arrow, throughout its history the tower has functioned as a lighthouse and prison, which explains the existence of the 600 graffiti left behind by British, Dutch and Spanish corsairs, not to mention military prisoners. In 1822, prior to their execution in Paris, two of the four Carbonari sergeants were imprisoned here.

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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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  • Ecomusée du Montmorillonnais

    The Juillé Farm is located 3 km from the centre of Saulgé near the Gartempe Valley. The farm buildings (from the 19th, 20th C) are representative of rural architecture in the South of Vienne, situated at the crossroads of northern and southern France. Part of the farm has been preserved in its original state.Since July 2008 the Ecomuseum has been open in Juilé, which illustrates the history of the rural Montmorillon life through  its gastronomy, agriculture and local produce. A valuable way for locals and visitors to understand the region.Audio guides in English and French cover two aspects of life: everyday life, and socio-economic history.Cooking classes for adults. Full day and half day visits for groups.  Activities for young people during the vacations.  Introductory days and workshops for students.

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  • Abbaye aux Dames, la cité musicale

    To Saints, the Abbey to the Ladies is the musical city. Saints' Festival, the Young Orchestra of the Abbey, an artistic educational program and historic site of the abbey are pillars and source of brilliance. The Abbey to the Ladies was the women's first monastery of Saintonge. Its brilliance was immense. It continues by its intense musical activities today. The historic site establishes a haven of peace at the heart of the city. The abbey church Notre-Dame is one of jewels of the Romanesque art. The bell tower in the shape of pine cone visits. Of this one, the city of Saints gives to contemplate.

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  • Phare de la Coubre et son Ecomusée
    La Tremblade

    After having climbed the 300 steps in a blue opaline interior of a 360° panorama offers a breathtaking view on the Wild Coast of La Tremblade and its magnificent beaches, the forest of La Coubre, the Gironde estuary, and the island of Oléron. The visit continues at the foot of the Lighthouse by the ecomuseum telling its story and the different materials needed for its operation.

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