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Musee de la France Protestante de l'Ouest. Chateau du Bois Tiffrais, Monsireigne.
The Musee de la France Protestante de l'Ouest,
just 3kms from the village at le Bois Tiffrais in a country house, 400
years of protestant religion is explained with pictures, documents and
objects of the faith. The Huguenots as they were referred to were
particularly strong in this area and especially in towns like
Fontenay-le-Comte and La Rochelle.
The Wars of Religion (1562-98) in which the Catholics and Protestant
battled so violently caused death and destruction on a vast scale and it
was not until the Edict of Nantes in 1598 did the fighting stop. The
Edict of Nantes which allowed protestants to worship freely lasted for
nearly a century. It was revoked byLouis XIV with the result that some
400.000 protestants fleed abroad, many of then to the Uk. It was only in
1789 with the revolution that their right of free worship returned, but
that brought about another conflict with the Catholic religion with the
Wars of the Vendee.
west of France has been greatly effected by its Protestant past, whether
by the Reformation, brought very early on into the region by Calvin in
Poitiers in 1534, the impact of leaders such as Conde in the wars of
Relgion, by the Edict of Nantes, by places of safty such as
Fontenay-le-Comte, by Richelieu's siege of La Rochelle, by the
SaumurAcademy, by prosecutions such as the dragonades in Poitou, by
exile after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes or by other events.
The Musee de la France Protestante at Le Chateau du Bois Triffrais has
through documents,engravings, maps and various other item brought back
to life the 4 centuries of protestantism in western France,
Open: 29/6 to 1/9 Tuesdays to Sundays 14h to 18h
Tarifs: Adult 5€ Child (12-18) 3€ under 12's free
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