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Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne

The tragic 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 art memorial.

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 technologies.
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.

TaxisTaxis Lucquois. 75, Rue Vignes Gates.  Tel. 02 51 31 25 04.

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