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Le Puy Notre Dame

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Country  France
Department  Maine-et-Loire
Population (1999)  1,236
Local time  Tuesday 6:40 AM
Region  Pays de la Loire
Canton  Montreuil-Bellay
Area  15.87 km²
Arrondissement  Saumur
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Intercommunality  Saumur Loire Développement
Weather  2°C, Wind W at 5 km/h, 98% Humidity
Points of interest  Domaine de la Paleine, Franck et Ingrid Bimont, Domaine du Moulin de l'Horiz

Le Puy-Notre-Dame or Le Puy is a commune in the Maine-et-Loire department in western France.


Map of 49260 Le Puy-Notre-Dame, France

The village is built on the hill of Puy.

Its inhabitants are known as Puechens.


Protohistoric traces have been found.

Le Puy (Podio beatae Mariae in the 7th century had become known as Puy-la-Montagne by 1793 and the hill of Puy as Mary's Mountain. William 9th, Duke of Aquitaine is reputed to have brought back a waistband of the Virgin Mary from the Crusades and deposited it in the church. His granddaughter Eleanor of Aquitaine founded a collegial church to honour the relic which, according to legend, facilitated pregnancies and male offspring. Louis XI founded a chapter about 1480 and this became a site of pilgrimage the Sunday after 8 September, the Nativity. The relic can still be viewed here.

The town became a stop on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela (17th century houses used by the pilgims still exist).

Its location between the territories of the Counts of Anjou and Aquitaine lent it strategic importance and traces of an encircling town wall remain.


  • Subterranean refuges exist under the town and Sanziers;
  • Presshouse at the Château du Lys in Sanziers;
  • Subterranean dovecote at La Hupponnière;
  • Cavier mill in ruins;
  • Ancient Franciscan convent chapel (barn).
  • Agriculture

    Local agricultural production is mixed with vineyards (15 km²), orchards and market gardening taking place alongside pasture and woodlands. Beekeeping also takes place. The Cave Saint-Maur in Sanziers is well worth a visit for its mushroom production. Local A.O.C wines are Anjou, Saumur, and sparkling Saumur.


    Puy derives from the Provençal word "Puech", meaning an isolated hill.


    Le Puy-Notre-Dame Wikipedia

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