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Château des Essarts
4, rue du Vieux Château  Les Essarts. Tel. 02 51 62 95 83.

Sud Vendee.. Haut Bocage.. Coastal Region.. Marais Poitevin.. Marais Breton.. Bas Bocage.. Plaine.. Marais Olonne..
As a major landmark in the civil and military heritage of the Vendée the Château des Essarts has borne witness to over 1000 years of history. This Medieval Château with its feudal moat dates from the 10th century, and sits on top of a mound overlooking the Sèvre Nantaise. The fortified entrance gate dates from the 12th century, the imposing square Saracen's tower from the 13th century and the Renaissance residence from around the 16th century.
During the 19th Century a new Château was built nearby and the whole area was landscaped by the famous Buhler Brothers who also designed the Bois de Boulogne in Paris.

Many important characters from history have stayed here including; Charles VII, Henry IV and Napoleon, and the site saw much action during the wars of Religion and the  Wars of the Vendée.

Spectacle de cape Et d'Epee 18/7/2010 at 15h

Opening times: June and September 14.30h to 18.30h
                      1/7 to 30/8  10h to 18.30

Adult  4 euros.
                Students and under 18's 2 euros
                under 10's Free.

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