Roche de Mûrs : La guerre de Vendée
La Roche de Mûrs is a hiking trail that offers varied landscapes thanks to its geographical location. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007.
Where is it located?
La Roche de Mûrs is located on the banks of the Loire, in the commune of Mûrs-Erigné in Maine et Loire. The site is south of Angers, in the northern part of Mûrs-Erigné.
The history of the site
On 26 July 1793, 600 republicans decided to camp at La Roche de Mûrs. Alas, they were surprised by 10,000 Vendeans. Instead of surrendering, the republicans preferred to throw themselves into the Louet, which was 40 metres lower. As they jumped they shouted "Vive la République" (Long live the Republic). Only three soldiers survived, including Captain Bourgeois.
On this photo taken on the heights of the Roche de Mûrs, we can see the Louet river, almost dry at the end of the summer. The vegetation is luxuriant, thanks to the mild climate of the region.
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