The Notre-Dame de l'Assomption church in Vouvant
|Region||Pays de la Loire|
|Intercommunality||Pays de Fontenay-le-Comte|
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Jacky Roy|
|Area1||20.20 km2 (7.80 sq mi)|
|• 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.
It is the only fortified village of Vendée. Its inhabitants are called Vouvantais.
Sites and monuments
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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