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events of 23rd February 1794 will be for ever etched on the small town
of Les Lucs-sur-Boulognes in the Bas Bocage of the Vendee, for on that
fateful day the Republlican "colonnes infernales " massacred 563 of the
towns women, children (110 less than 7 years old) and elderly along with
there priest Abbe Voyneau as they knelt in prayer at a hilltop chapel
at Petit Luc.
The chapel was rebuilt in 1867 using the original stones and is now the chapel of remembrance for the Wars of the Vendee.
Inside the names of all those who were massacred are inscribed on
marble slabs with the exception of the priest who has a separate stone
column a little distance from the chapel.
Le Memorial de la Vendee was opened in 1993 to commemorate the bicentenary of the start of the wars,the address was given by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
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 of some of
the main figures involved, on the left side in French and on the right
in English. A wooden bridge spans a moat leading into the state of the
Historial de la Vendee.
This impressive building with its grass roof house the museum de the
Vendee. With the clever use of state of the art videos you are taken
from the prehistory and how the land was made up, through the Neolithic
period, Roman, medieval, Renaissance up to the modern times, including
how the industries of the Vendee are today at the forefront of the new
There is a special section on the Wars of the Vendee, the main
characters and events. Paintings of the conflict though painted some
years later in the romantique style give a vivid illustration of
events of the time.
There is a section for children to easily understand many parts of the long history of the Vendee.
The Church of St. Pierre in Les Lus-sur-Boulogne has some colourful stained glass windows portraying the horrors of the war.
Parc de la Boulogne This
park with its large lake and lawns above the river Boulogne has
pleasant walks that take you up to the Historial de la Vendee and the
Memorial de la Vendee. The Auberge du Lac provides that all important
refreshment with great views of the lake and park.
Camping; Camping Val de Boulogne au Bord de l'eau. Tel. 02 51 46 59 00
Restaurants; Auberge du Lac. 250 Rue General de Charette. Tel.02 51 46 59 59.
La Fine Gueule. 34 Place du Moustier. Tel.02 51 31 20 15.
L'Alambic.27, rue Rochejaquelin. Tel.02 51 34 58 82.
Taxis; Taxis Lucquois. 75, Rue Vignes Gates. Tel. 02 51 31 25 04.
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