Vouvant

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Vouvant
Commune
The Notre-Dame de l'Assomption church in Vouvant
The Notre-Dame de l'Assomption church in Vouvant
Coat of arms of Vouvant
Coat of arms
Vouvant is located in France
Vouvant
Vouvant
Location within Pays de la Loire region
Vouvant is located in Pays de la Loire
Vouvant
Vouvant
Coordinates: 46°34′20″N 0°46′11″W / 46.5722°N 0.7698°W / 46.5722; -0.7698Coordinates: 46°34′20″N 0°46′11″W / 46.5722°N 0.7698°W / 46.5722; -0.7698
Country France
Region Pays de la Loire
Department Vendée
Arrondissement Fontenay-le-Comte
Canton La Châtaigneraie
Intercommunality Pays de Fontenay-le-Comte
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Jacky Roy
Area1 20.20 km2 (7.80 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 852
 • Density 42/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 85305 /85120
Elevation 35–110 m (115–361 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.

Vouvant is a commune in the department of Vendée, in the Pays de la Loire region in western France.

Vouvant is labelled as Les Plus Beaux Villages de France, Petite cité de caractère, and the village has obtained two flowers out of five in the Concours des villes et villages fleuris.

It is the only fortified village of Vendée. Its inhabitants are called Vouvantais.

Sites and monuments[edit]

Several sites and monuments are present in Vouvant :

  • Castle of the Lusignan : The Tour Mélusine, the fortifications around the village, the Saint-Louis Gate (postern). The ancient castle has been protected as a monument historique by the French Ministry of Culture since 1927. The fortifications has been protected as a monument historique since 1984.
  • Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Church, classed as a monument historique in 1840 by Prosper Mérimée, built in the 11th century under the leadership of William V, Duke of Aquitaine.
  • Romanesque bridge (13th or 14th century), protected as a monument historique since 1927.
  • Reproduction of the Grotto of Lourdes, on the bank of the Mère river. Realized in 1958.
  • Public washing place.
  • Forest of Mervent-Vouvant, Vendée's largest forest (5 518 ha).

 

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