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.
(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 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.
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.
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.
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.