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Georges Clemenceau's house and garden

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"Of all the houses of famous men which the French state has inherited and that it maintains, that of Saint- Vincent -sur -Jard is probably both, one of the most modest and one of the most symbolic and evocative. It is associated with the memory of Clemenceau at the end of his life, a hero who arose from the First World War events. He was considered in everyone's memory as the man of victorious certainties. Clemenceau of Saint -Vincent-sur -Jard is a great witness to the history, a man retired from business, meditating by the sea . In the " shack " rented from 1919 which was meant to be used in the beautiful months of spring and summer , he reviewed, one last time the events of his great destiny and wrote " On the evening of thought ," He received his friends and allied all the  "shades of the impressionist palette" of the  garden planned with the painter Claude Monet. His " peasant hut " was also the home for a keen art lover of Far Eastern culture, who  lived surrounded by his Japanese prints and paintings, by his  Asian  vases and Buddhist divinities.

                       

Extract of the book:    Clemenceau au soir de sa vie - La maison de Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard

                                                           Denis Lavalle, Aurélie Samuel

                                                           Collection "Itinéraires" - Editions du Patrimoine

                                                           For sale in the museum shop (price : 7 €)

Tel : 02.51.33.40.32

Site : www.maison-clemenceau.monuments-nationaux.fr

The old townhall and its bell-tower

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            In 1921, Clemenceau retired to Saint Vincent sur Jard. He gave a clock to the town and had it installed on the bell-tower of, the then, town hall (now the Tourist office). He wanted, he said, that when the inhabitants needed to know the time, they looked at the town hall rather than the church.          

The dolmen of the Grand Bouillac

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            Excavated and restored in 1901 and  then in1905, this dolmen consists of two slabs and fourteen pillars made of sandstone. Excavations have uncovered the remains of three people together with ceramics,  barbed arrows, , pottery and Neolithic flint tools. The three  knocked over menhirs near the dolmen have now disappeared. Also called « palet de Gargantua » this dolmen is supposed to be where the mythical giant was playing skittles as he crossed the valley of Bouillac, one foot in Jard, the other in Le Bernard

The church of Saint Vincent

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            The church was constructed in three phases : the nave was built in the eleventh century, the chancel in the twelfth century ; and the whole building  restored in the seventeenth century.

The church was probably burned down at the same time as the church of Jard sur Mer in 1568, during the wars of religion.

Richard the Lion Heart, who spent several years in the Talmondais region at the end of the twelfth century had the present church tower built on the foundations of the old ninth century castle. During the revolution, people of St Vincent sur Jard and Jard sur Mer took the side of the republic. The church, not used at the time, wasn't damaged.

The old station

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It now houses the local library.

The railway which opened in the late nineteenth century in the Vendée was a major source of economic and social development for the department.        

Joan of Arc statue

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            A replica of a statue by Henri Chapu (1833-1891), the statue was one of the most famous images of Joan of Arc in France. It represents the Maid in peasant costume, sitting on the floor, hands clasped in a contemplative attitude. The work was a gift from Colonel Martin-Decaen and is next to the War Memorial, near the Tourist Office.

Historical heritage

Georges Clemenceau's house and garden