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Situated in the south eastern corner of the Vendée some 8 kilometres north east of Fontenay-le-Comte on the D49 this pretty village is
classed as a 'Petites Cites de Charactere'. Foussais joined with its
neighbour Payre-sur- Vendée in 1968 to form Foussais-Payre but its
history dates from the Gallo-Romanic period with the names Foussais and
Payre being taken from two Roman columns, Fusciacus and
The village church which dates from 1050 has one of the most remarkable
edifices in the Bas Poitou. During the '100 years War' and the 'Wars of
Religion' when the Catholics and protestants fought over the control of
the area, much damage was done and the church was pillaged and burnt.
Luckily the grand facade remained almost in tack except for a couple of
heads that were destroyed and today this facade is a key to
understanding the "Art Roman".
The Renaissance period brought a period of great prosperity to the area
with good trade in wool, linseed and leather which is today evidenced by
the large number of elegant residences within the two villages and the
Behind the church is the priory, now home to the "Hotel de Ville"
(Maire). Originally under the stewardship of the Abbay De Bourgueil, one
enters via the grand Louis X111 gate to discover fine chimneys and a
17th century wooden staircase.
Opposite the church is a corner of dwellings with timber frames which in
2009/10 is under renovation into 4 houses and the market stall.
The Village has an excellent restaurant in the Auberge st.Catherine
The remains of the Lime kilns in Payre-sur- Vendée were in full production until the second half of the 19th century.
Taxis;Taxi Favreau. 6 rue St.Catherine. Tel. 06 10 98 68 30.
Photo Gallery of Foussais-Payre
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