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The priory church of Notre-Dame de Cunault
The priory church of Notre-Dame de Cunault

Religious monuments

Many religious sites or memorials are found in the Gennois.

In the local churches, Roman Art dominates

  • Ambillou-Chateau : St Martin's Church (open to the public - information concerning the building on the spot)
  • Chemellier : The church is open to the public from the end of April until mid-October
  • Chênehutte : The church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Prée-des-Tuffeaux (open to the public - information concerning the building on the spot)
  • Cunault : Relics of the St Maxenceul's church, in the cemetery
  • Gennes : St Veterin's church (open to the public - information concerning the building on the spot)- St Eusèbe's church (open from mid-July to mid-August)
  • Grézillé : St Hilaire's church (more information at the town-hall)
  • Louerre : St Maurice's church (open to the public - information concerning the building on the spot)
  • Trèves : St Aubin's church (open to the public - information concerning the building on the spot)
  • Le Thoureil : St Genulf's church (open to public)
  • St-Georges-des-Sept-Voies : the church of Saint Pierre en Vaux and the Prieuré church (more information at the town-hall)

Priories

There are several priories in the Gennes district. A priory is a religious site created by an abbey and managed by monks. Locally, the most famous is in Cunault.

The priory church of Notre-Dame de Cunault

(Open to the public - information on the site)

In the 9th century, while Vikings were scouring the Atlantic coast, the monks of Noirmoutier took refuge at Cunault. Listed as a historical monument, the current edifice was built during the 11th and 13th centuries. It is full of architectural treasures, such as the 11th century bell-tower, which numbers among the oldest in Anjou; polychrome frescos; 223 carved capitals, a pieta. The steeple and fortified façade of the church date from 15th century.

The Abbey of Saint-Maur - Le Thoureil

The 17th century façade of the abbey is reflected in the water of the Loire. This site is now a holiday centre for children between 4 and 17 years old.

Crosses

Travelling through the Gennois, you can see several crosses including one in Noyant-la-Plaine, on the St Jacques de Compostelle route. It is easy to recognize as a pilgrim's stick and a shell are carved into it.

Memorials

The Memorial of the "Cadets de Saumur" - Gennes

This memorial reminds us of the epic fight between The "Cadets de Saumur "and the Germans in June 1940. 17 of the Cadets are buried next to the St Eusèbe Church.

The Memorial for the Fire in 1959, September the 3rd - Grézillé

A stele has been built in memory of 5 firemen who died while fighting a huge fire. 400 firemen were called to fight this blaze which covered more than 1000 hectares.


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