Posed as if by magic on the banks of the last wild river in Europe, the small town character of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil never ceases to amaze its visitors. Mont Glonne which rises to fifty meters above the Loire, has an architectural gem of great beauty. The monastic complex formed by the old abbey Maurist, is indeed an architectural masterpiece, made from a blend of elegance and sobriety. Its abbey church with eclectic styles, contains the tomb of General Bonchamps, which is illustrated in the "Vendée Wars" by his gesture of forgiveness, before passing from life to death. Gesture forever engraved in white marble by the famous French sculptor David d'Angers. Part of the choir windows show elsewhere in this turbulent era, which profoundly affected the city. The church square offers visitors an exceptional view over the valley of the Loire and the countryside.
Small steep streets of the historic center, you will lead in turn towards the different monuments of the city: the commemorative column of the Duchesse d'Angouleme, the chapels St. Charles and Saint-Sauveur...
Saint-Florent-le-Vieil which has an undeniable cultural aura in the Pays des Mauges, has a place dedicated to literature: the house Julien Gracq. Indeed, it is in this small city ligérienne was born July 27, 1910 the famous writer. His house is now home to writers from all backgrounds, who come here to rest to write their book with as inspiration, the Loire flowing at the feet of the building.
Here, culture is expressed in all its components: concerts, exhibitions, performances, film screenings take place in the Abbey, converted for cultural as appropriate.
Taste the local cuisine: fish from the Loire and Anjou wines will certainly charm you.
To explore the city over water, nothing like a walk on the Loire by following the footsteps of the illustrious Gracq on the walk that bears his name. This is definitely by taking this path on the banks of the royal river, you will understand better what "the softness of Anjou," which Joachim du Bellay, celebrated author of the sixteenth century native Liré, was both praised.