Saint-Étienne-du-Bois, Vendée

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The washing house
The washing house
Coat of arms of Saint-Étienne-du-Bois
Coat of arms
Saint-Étienne-du-Bois is located in France
Coordinates: 46°49′55″N 1°35′37″W / 46.8319°N 1.5936°W / 46.8319; -1.5936Coordinates: 46°49′55″N 1°35′37″W / 46.8319°N 1.5936°W / 46.8319; -1.5936
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Vendée
Arrondissement Les Sables-d'Olonne
Canton Palluau
Intercommunality Pays de Palluau
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gilles Douillard
Area1 29.44 km2 (11.37 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 1,672
 • Density 57/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 85210 /85670
Elevation 17–64 m (56–210 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Saint-Étienne-du-Bois is a commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France.

Places and Monuments[edit]

The Chapel of Tulévrière [1][edit]

In the hamlet of Tulévrière, stands a small chapel, only monument Catholic erected during the Vendée wars . It was erected by the inhabitants of the locality, at the request of the priest Alexandre Ténèbre, refractory priest in 1794 who gave it the name "Our Lady of Martyrs of Lower Poitou".

Inaugurated on 29 December 1794, it was intended to thank the Virgin of the protection afforded to the village during the passage of infernal columns in March of that year.

Rebuilt in 1835, it was decorated with stained glass for the occasion

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