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Oulmes

Situated on the edge of the Plaine where it drops down onto the Marais Poitevin, this small village was on the roman road to Niort and statues and other artifacts from this period have been found and are displayed in the church.
The village had a medieval chateau though there is little of this left except some ramparts and staircase,it was replaced in the 17th century with additional pavillon in 1759. The horeseshoe shape was copied from the caserns de Versailles.

The picturesque church built in the 12th century in the shape of a cross has an interesting west facade with delicate sculptures, all the doors have inscriptions above them. Inside the church the voulted Nave is from the 14th century and the bronze bell is  from 1642. Also inside the church are Roman statues found nearby.

Moulin de Pacouinay. This windmill built in 1680 was one of three that were built here before 1750,(the other two were demolished in 1872 due to high taxes). It stayed in the Goguet family from 1680 till 1929, it continued working till 1959, it has a small museum of 19th century memorabilia  and is open in April,May and June 14-18h and in July, August and September from 10h -12h & 14h to 17h.

Le Champ Durand. This Neolithic site was discovered in 1971 from aerial photographs and dates from 2400Bc.  It consists of  3 concentric rings of ditches and banks upto 2.5m deep  2 kilometers in length, one of the entrances was gated and had a drystone tower, the other entrances had carved banks. There is little sign of habitation and was thought to be primarily a meeting place, graveyard and market as well as  defensive.

Restaurants Oulmes.
L'Escargot vendeen, 26, Rue Georges Clemenceau.  Tel. 02 5152 49 00
l'Auberge Trou Vendeen. Port de Courdault. Tel 02 51 52 41 51.

Taxis; Taxis Granger Rene. 47, le Moulin de Joug, Benet. Tel. 02 51 0092 22.

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