Discover the largest site in the Marais Poitevin
and cathedral builders, in the heart of some exceptional remains!
A powerful fortress, a Romanesque abbey and then a Gothic cathedral, Maillezais has shone for centuries in religious, economic and artistic terms.
Overlooking the canals dug by the monks to drain the Gulf of the Pictons, Maillezais stands on an island overlooking the Marais Poitevin, a splendid natural environment that is unique in France.
There's plenty to see and do all year round!

Guided tours all summer long.
Guided tours depart from 10am to 7pm (every day)

Summer events

Rabelais, the extraordinary
François Rabelais, guest of Maillezais Abbey, drew his inspiration from the site to set the scene for Gargantua and Pantagruel alongside Mélusine and Geoffroy de Lusignan.
From 9 July to 25 August - 11.45am, 4.15pm

The marsh sailor
Discover the history of the Poitevin marshes from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. Identify the function of the different areas: wet marsh, dry marsh and Aiguillon Bay. An immersive and entertaining show.
From 9 July to 25 August - 2.15pm, 6.15pm

Family Sundays: In search of the relics of St Rigomer. 4-7 years, 8-12 years
The relics of Saint Rigomer have disappeared! Pierre, the new novice monk with a bit of a temper, has taken advantage of the morning meeting of the elders in the chapter house to hide them.
Set off in search of them! But be careful, Pierre has set up a series of tests that you'll have to face. Only the most deserving will be allowed near these precious relics!

Adventure logs
Public: 5-8 years and 9+ years

Goscelme in pursuit of the Beast of the Marsh - BALUDIK,
Public: 6-11 years

Agenda culturel 2023 :

Voûtes Célestes Festival
From 24 May to 15 June
The Voûtes Célestes festival is a not-to-be-missed classical music event in Sud-Vendée.
In the exceptional setting of the abbeys of Maillezais and Nieul-sur-l'Autise, the festival offers an original programme combining prestige, audacity and discovery, combining improvised music and contemporary creations.

Information at:

Monumental Tour evening: 7 July 2023

European Heritage Days: 16 and 17 September

Christmas Market 2022: 1, 2 and 3 December and 8, 9 and 10 December
Dit etablissement is Accueil Vélo en biedt specifieke diensten voor fietsers.

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