The etymology of Pouzauges tells us what it will be like: “the hill where one sees” has always been a strategic place of observation. No wonder there is an old medieval fort, steep streets and old Romanesque churches.
The old castle
The tower is one of the oldest stone Keeps in the west of France, it is also one of the most complete. From the height of its 25 meters, the Keep clearly overlooks the high Vendée grove.
Built in the twelfth century for it’s illustrious owner Catherine de Thouars, wife of the terrible Gilles de Rais the Blue Beard.
Guided tours of the Keep throughout July and August. On Thursdays in July and August, you can enjoy nocturnal discovery of the picturesque medieval city by torchlight.
Our Lady of Old Pouzauges
Notre Dame is the story of an old church of the eleventh century that has hidden for centuries a treasure …
It is not about its Romanesque architecture, nor its 99 funerary slabs used in paving, nor the liturgical sink.
The church would have remained anonymous had it not been for the discovery in 1948 of murals dating from the 12th and 13th centuries. Very well preserved under the plaster, they kept their bright colours and tell episodes of the Old Testament.
The Green Thread
The green wire is a line drawn on the ground in the streets of Pouzauges. Like a guide, this line takes you through streets, in narrow alleyways, at the foot of historical monuments and in the footsteps of famous people of the city.
You can view the plan of the trailon Calaméo