Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm

Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm is a commune in the Vendée department in the Pays de la Loire region in western France.

Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm
The road into Saint-Michel en l'Herm
The road into Saint-Michel en l'Herm
Location of Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm
Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm is located in France
Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm
Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm
Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm is located in Pays de la Loire
Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm
Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm
Coordinates: 46°21′19″N 1°14′51″W / 46.3553°N 1.2475°W / 46.3553; -1.2475Coordinates: 46°21′19″N 1°14′51″W / 46.3553°N 1.2475°W / 46.3553; -1.2475
CountryFrance
RegionPays de la Loire
DepartmentVendée
ArrondissementFontenay-le-Comte
CantonLuçon
IntercommunalityPays né de la mer
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Joël Bory
Area
1
54.8 km2 (21.2 sq mi)
Population
 (2017-01-01)[1]
2,352
 • Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
85255 /85580
Elevation1–17 m (3.3–55.8 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

One of the most famous landmarks in this area is the Abbey of Saint-Michel-en-l'Herm. The history of the abbey traces back to 682 AD when it was constructed by the benedictine monks from Noirmoutier. In 1569, Protestants attacked the abbey and killed approximately 200 monks dwelling within the walls of this structure. The motives of the attack are still being debated, but one main theory is that the Protestants came to seek the treasure and manuscripts left hidden in the abbey by the Bishop of Luçon.

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  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.