Les Epesses

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TownLes Epesses
Insee code85082
AltitudeFrom 118 to 254 meters
Surface31.29 km²
Population2739 inhabitants
Density87 inhabitants/km²


National labelSaint-Mars-la-Réorthe at 3.7 km (8 min)
Chief townLa Roche-sur-Yon (at 63 km, 44 min)Mallièvre at 4.9 km (7 min)
DepartmentVendéeSaint-Malô-du-Bois at 5.9 km (7 min)
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  • The birth of Epesses:
  • From 884, found in some texts, the existence of a church of Santa Maria de Spisis, latin word meaning "Thorns" (filled) or by analogy with the name Les Epesses and its inhabitants Spicéens. The first church built on the site of the nave of the present church was owned by the Benedictine abbey of Vézelay.
  • In 1050, a priory always dependent on these Benedictines of Vézelay, is based in a place called Bellevue - Priouté way, above the village of Epesses.
  • The influence of the Puy du Fou:
  • The history and evolution of the city are strongly linked to the castle of Puy du Fou, in the commune of Epesses, earth home entertainment cinéscénique known worldwide.
  • A few hundred meters from the current Renaissance castle, the remains of a former medieval castle are still visible. He quickly formed the 12th and 13th centuries, near the castle, a settlement called Bourg-Bérard, composed of farmers, artisans, and servants and soldiers of the castle.
  • But then, the lords of the Puy du Fou wanted away and did build this population (around 1400), the site of the present city of Epesses near the Chapel of St. John and the existing parish church in part, a large number of houses, to accommodate the inhabitants of Bourg-Berard.
  • After the destruction of the medieval castle by British troops during the Hundred Years War, came the construction of the present castle Renaissance, as well as the expansion of the church Epesses (1600-1620).
  • The Revolution
  • We are in the revolutionary period and throughout the countryside, experienced abuses, looting, killings especially in 1793/1794 with the onslaught of the infernal columns Turreau. On January 26, 1793 column came specially from Cholet to "revolutionize" the town of Epesses.
  • Highlights: The castle was burned this year, and only the left wing was spared by the fire. The church was declared a Epesses National (it served as a warehouse) remained intact. One of the last battles of the Vendée wars took place in the woods between Les Epesses and Puy du Fou, and turned to the advantage of the Vendee, it was in November 1799. A refractory priest, Father Chaplain, who was hiding in a hollow tree was discovered and executed by revolutionaries. A stained glass window in the church of Saint Hilaire de Mortagne commemorates martyr priest.
  • Economic development:
  • From 1840, major works were undertaken for the creation and improvement of roads. It is from this date that the Present road was established. It follows the development of economic and commercial activity, especially towards Cholet. Intense activity of weaving was practiced in most homes and especially in the cellars of the street paver and Upper Village. It wove cloth for handkerchiefs, shirts and linen (linen and cotton), flax is grown and spun even in the countryside.
  • Industrial activity is also prominent at this time on the Sevre through hydropower.
  • Agricultural activity grows with access to important fairs like Cholet.
  • Other notable step: The completion of the railway line in 1914. The line was opened a few days before the great war of 14/18.
  • Despite successive wars, especially World War so cruel to Les Epesses - 110 entered the war memorial, industrial activity, agricultural, craft has developed since World War II.
  • And now, a new asset for tourism. A new stage in the history of the city with the cinéscénique show Puy du Fou Grand Parc and. He must have seen the show at night, masterpiece, to the glory of those who are making history, to understand and appreciate the energy, tenacity and rigor of the inhabitants of the region, although very attached to their roots, know to look to the future. Boldness and wisdom, is the motto of the city ...
  • The arms:
  • The arms of Épesses emblazon: Coupe: In 1: mid-party, the first gules three twins raised money and two, the second gold double heart Gules. 2nd: Golden oak tree eradicated Vert.
  • The first party takes over the family coat of arms of the Puy du Fou. The dual-core Vendée indicates the attachment of the common Vendée. Original oak recalls the etymology of the name of the town comes from the Latin Epesses spissis. The motto means Boldness and wisdom.


  • The castle of Puy du Fou: Located just outside the Vendée, the castle of Puy du Fou was built in the 15th and 16th centuries by combining two unexpected materials: brick and granite. He succeeded another building that faced him in the woods beyond the pond were performed archaeological excavations. Battered by centuries, burned by the infernal columns in 1794, the present castle was acquired by the Department in 1977. Since then, it continues its restoration with historic monuments. The Renaissance, the monument has preserved a wonderful addition to the Italian gallery, remarkable architectural elements such as colonnades copied models Fontainebleau, stairs vaulted coffered and said Guards room.
  • The parish church of Notre-Dame and its crypt: It was built in the 15th century more probably, with arches of Plantagenet style, strongly arched ribs, massive pillars. Flaming windows of the northern part seem contemporary granite arches of the fifteenth. Under Louis XIII, circa 1620, Gabriel Puy du Fou decided to restore the facade. The altarpiece from the 18th century is classified by the Fine Arts.
  • The Chapel of St. John: According to legend, a bishop of Noirmoutier pursued by the Normans (945) had vowed a chapel, which was perhaps a generous expiation Renaud du Puy du Fou. From 884, some texts speak of a church of Santa Maria de Spissis, dependent on the abbey of Vézelay. Recent excavations have located the workshop of a bell founder. This building is classified by the Fine Arts.
  • The Chapel of the column: On the right side, opposite the chapel, an altar built with stones of demolished shrines allowed to celebrate Mass outdoors after the signing of the Concordat (1801). To celebrate the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception (1854), it was held a bonfire at the altar: it was decided to improve the architecture of the chapel giving it a stone column , topped by the statue, to perpetuate the event. On Tuesday, March 13, 1951, around 15h, a hurricane demolished this item. The statue was broken into 200 pieces volunteers repaired by Charles Soulard. On 15 August 1954, a huge procession escorted the statue in front of the chapel. The virgin was hoisted tomorrow.
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Leisure centresLeisure Centre of La Bretèche,   Theme Park of the Puy du Fou


  • In July and August, moules frites on the leisure of Bretèche evening.
  • The last Sunday in September, attic space of the church.


  • East Park Maulévrier.
  • Petit Train de Vendée.
Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Visit a donkey’s milk soap workshopCraftFreeLes Epesses

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town centertown center
Municipal swimming poolMunicipal swimming pool
Base Recreation BretècheBase Recreation Bretèche
Puy du Fou - Show Sign of TriumphPuy du Fou - Show Sign of Triumph
Chapel ColumnChapel Column
Notre DameNotre Dame
Chapelle Saint-Jean-BaptisteChapelle Saint-Jean-Baptiste
town centertown center



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Located 6.5 km from Les Epesses50 € per person 
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Located 8.4 km from Les Epesses24 € per person 
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Located 17 km from Les Epesses24 € per person 

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Apartment with 2 bedroomsLa Framboisine    
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Located 5.5 km from Les EpessesFrom 57 € to 67 € the double room 
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Located 10.3 km from Les EpessesFrom 60 € to 80 € the double room 
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Located 11.8 km from Les EpessesFrom 80 € to 90 € the double room 

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Mobile-Home for 8 personsLes logis de l'oumois  
Located between the Anjou, Vendée and Deux Sevres les logis de l'oumois are pleased to meet you in a frame and a family atmosphere. It is in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere you can...
Located 16.6 km from Les Epesses360 € per week 
House for 6 personsVacances dans village médiéval.  
Village house fully furnished, terraced to the owners in the medieval village with garden and parking.
Located 25 km from Les EpessesFrom 400 € to 500 € per week 
House for 12 personsGÎte de l'arkanson
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Television in the ceiling, completely redone nine pool, heated (28 °) and covered with high cover! Relax quietly on the outskirts of a pretty village has caillere St. Hilaire, all kinds...
Located 29 km from Les EpessesFrom 800 € to 1700 € per week 

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93 places over 2 haCamping le rouge gorge    
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Small family campsite, ideal for your holidays green Vendée. 15 wooden cabins open year round. Swimming pool, playground, ping pong, volleyball, hiking, TV room, children's enterta...
Located 17 km from Les Epesses14.30 € per day 

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Résidence du Bocage - Hotel in Les EpessesRésidence du Bocage    
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Located in the Vendée countryside, this residence is just 2 km from Puy du Fou Theme Park. The stylish rooms and houses have a private terrace and free Wi-Fi is provided in public areas....
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Chateau Du Boisniard - Hotel in Les EpessesChateau Du Boisniard     
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