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Inhabited since early times this pretty little village on the banks of the River Boulogne has had an eventful history. The Romans had a river crossing here and the old five arched bridge is still in use today. The bridge has connections with the War of the Vendee, there was fierce fighting here in 1793 and it was the site of the final battle of this troubled period ending all hostilities in June of 1815. The 19th century church also has connections to the War with 10 Stained glassed windows portraying scenes from the conflict.

Though the village had once had a fortified chateau there are only parts of the ramparts and a ruined tower left. Around the Mairie are several interesting old buildings and next to the old bridge the water mill has been converted into an elegant riverside restaurant.
This lower end of the village is overlooked by the huge viaduct that takes the D937 around the village.

The nearby Renaissance
Chateau de la Touche which overlooks the valley of the Boulogne, has a perfusion of towers and pinnacle, though sadly today it is unoccupied and falling into disrepair.
5km to the northwest in the Loire Atlantique Department is the Chateau de Bois-Chevalier, built in 1655 it has survived the the conflicts of the late 1790s even though it belonged to Royalist sympathisers and General Charette was a regular visitor.

The 13th century Prieure of the Monks of St. Gildas is tucked away beside the cemetery where members of the Ducs de Berry are to be found.
During July and August the Museum des Arts and Traditions displays tools used in various traditional crafts.

Base Nautique de la Boulogne.6 rue de la Malcoute. Tel. 02 51 31 03 84
Discover the Valley of the Bolougne with a hire boat or canoe
Open 1/5 to 30/6 & 1/9 to 15/9 Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 10h to 18h
1/7 t0 31/8 everyday 10h to 18h Prices from €6 per hour

There is a Market on the second Wednesday of the Month.

Photo Gallery of Rocheserviere

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Rocheserviere Gallo Romaine bridge.
Chateau de la Touche, Rocheserviere.
priory de St.Gildas
Rocheserviere viaduct at night, from