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Saint Laurent-sur-Sevre in the north eastern corner of the Vendee borders the River Sèvre Nantaise where the Deux Sèvres and Loire Atlantique departments meet the Vendée.
It is known as "ville saint de la Vendée " or Holy Town of the Vendée, St Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort died here in 1716 and was buried in the 19th century Basilica which dominates the skyline of this pretty haut-bocage town.

Every year 25,000 visitors come to the town and most of them are pilgrims visiting the grave of St. Louis-Marie Grignon de Montfort or one of several religious orders that have impressive and notable buildings in the town.

This is possibly the Sèvre Nantaise at its prettiest, with several watermills, enchanting waterside dwellings and rocks that look like stepping stones scattered across the river making it a most attractive landscape. There is a narrow bridge which was built by Eiffel (of Eifel Tower fame) which crosses the river at the edge of town.

Restaurants St.Laurent-sur-Sevre

Auberge le Buchet. Buchet. Te. 02 51 67 81 78
Le Croq au Grill.  29,rue Calvaire. Tel 02 51 64 68 16.
Le Skippy, 43,rue Calvaire. Tel. 02 51 67 83 62Review by Tate

CampingCamping le Rouge Gorge, route Verrie.  Tel. 02 51 67 86 39.

Nearby on the banks of the river and through the wooded slopes above is the
Parc de la Barbiniere. It has spectacular views of the viaduct du Barbin over which the stream train passes on route from Mortagne-sur-Sèvre to Les Epesses.
It is an enjoyable walk on the banks of the river along footpaths that criss-cross with the small islands which reach all the way to the viaduct and the watermill that lies in its shadow. From on top of
the viaduct the views of the surrounding countryside are spectacular.

Photo Galley of St.Laurent & Parc de la Barbiniere

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St. Laurent-sur-Sevre
Effels bridge at St Laurent-sur-Sevre
St.Laurent-sur-Sevre, Vendee
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barbin Viaduct
View from Viaduct.
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