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The road into Saint-Michel en l'Herm
The road into Saint-Michel en l'Herm
Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm is located in France
Coordinates: 46°21′19″N 1°14′51″W / 46.3553°N 1.2475°W / 46.3553; -1.2475Coordinates: 46°21′19″N 1°14′51″W / 46.3553°N 1.2475°W / 46.3553; -1.2475
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Vendée
Arrondissement Fontenay-le-Comte
Canton Luçon
Intercommunality Pays né de la mer
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Joël Bory
Area1 54.8 km2 (21.2 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 2,051
 • Density 37/km2 (97/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 85255 /85580
Elevation 1–17 m (3.3–55.8 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-Michel-en-l'Herm is a commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France.

One of the most famous landmarks in this area is the Abbey of Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm. The history of the abbey traces back to 682 AD when it was constructed by the benedictine monks from Noirmoutier. In 1569, Protestants attacked the abbey and killed approximately 200 monks dwelling within the walls of this structure. The motives of the attack are still being debated, but one main theory is that the Protestants came to seek the treasure and manuscripts left hidden in the abbey by the Bishop of Luçon.

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