On the way back from Nantes to Dieppe we stopped off at Saint-Florent-le-Vieil, one of the key "places of memory" of the War in the Vendée. The little town, to the north of Cholet, occupies a strategic promontory over the Loire at the entry to the Mauges, later the heartland of the Army of Anjou. It was here that the war is traditionally said to have begun, on 12th March 1793.
It was only a flying visit - just enough time to take in the atmosphere and see the famous tomb of Bonchamps sculpted by David d'Angers.
12th March 1793: The War in the Vendée begins
|The place d'Armes with the imposing Abbey church & buildings, which in 1793 housed the District offices.|
14th July 1793: The death of Cathelineau
|Plaque on the former convent of the Cordelières|
|Image from Google Maps|
|Original tombstone of 1848 |
in the chapel