Maillezais Travel Guide

  • Maillezais Abbey
    Maillezais Abbey
    by egonwegh
  • Maillezais Abbey
    Maillezais Abbey
    by egonwegh
  • Maillezais Abbey
    Maillezais Abbey
    by egonwegh

Maillezais Things to Do

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    by gilljay Written Nov 1, 2007

    So called because the weed on the myriad of canals gives the impression of solid green land. Don't try and walk on it though.

    At the Abbey is a small harbour from where you can rent a boat and either go as a group with a guide or just take off on your own.

    You'll soon find yourself totally relaxed in the peaceful waterways where no engines are allowed. You are likely to see otters, but will certainly see a wide variety of birds and mammals that inhabit the canals.

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Family Travel

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    by gilljay Updated Nov 1, 2007

    We found that the best way to get to know your own region is to act as a guide for friends and relatives who come to stay.
    That was the basis of our first visit to St. Peters Abbey at Maillezais.

    This magnificent building is now a ruin but archaeological work is still being carried out to discover the full footprint.

    Wonderful events take place every year in each of the three Vendee Abbeys. I'm sorry the page is in French.

    Related to:
    • Birdwatching
    • Archeology
    • Family Travel

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    Maillezais Abbey

    by egonwegh Updated Aug 15, 2005

    Another view of the abbey. It would seem that some kind of fortification was present from the very start, but these fortifications were considerably extended during the Hundred Years' War between France and England (14th century). There were fortified walls called 'escarpe a contreforts' and there were machicoulis as well - the balconies from which stones and boiling lead could be thrown on the enemies....

    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

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