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Memorial de la Vendée

chemin de la Memoire. Memorial to the Wars of the Vendee.
The”Memorial de la Vendée” was opened in 1993 to commemorate the bicentenary of the start of the Wars of the Vendée, the inaugural address was given by  Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Situated close to the Historial de la Vendée (vendée museum), it lies at the foot of a small hill which is topped by the chapel of Petit-Lucs. The path that leads up to the memorial has panels depicting some of the main figures involved, written on the left side in French and on the right in English. A wooden bridge spans a moat leading into the state of the art memorial.
The Vendée Memorial takes the visitor on a pilgrimage to a place that witnessed a page at a tragic time in Vendéen history.
Inaugurated in 1993 by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, it commemorates the massacre of 564 of the villagers of les Lucs-sur-Bologne in February 1794.
The compact building has no windows as it is a shrine. This Shrine, the Memorial to the Vendée will amaze the visitor, everything is allusive, suggested: everything is in shades, starting with buildings and the path that leads over the foot bridge. Inside the dimly lit rooms are calm and cool, here the sound of gently running water, elsewhere there is silence, it is a moving experience and a time to reflect
At the end of the memorial a door opens and you leave via another bridge over the river Bologny, the memory lane continues to the chapel of Petit Luc overlooking the building where the names of the 564 victims of the massacre of
les Lucs-sur-Boulogne are etched in marble.

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