Commune of Marigny-Brizay

The chalky landscapes of Marigny-Brizay add to the charm of its vast horizons. 

The “Old stones“ are a real curiosity:

the ruins of the castle of Montfaucon (13th century), the manor of Mailleterie (15th century), the manor of Vauguyot (17th century) and especially the magnificent huge gate of the Signy Tower, the only vestige of a fort and a more recent "hostel". 
In the centre of the village, the church, built in the 10th century and often remodelled until the 19th century, has got a precious bell given in 1573 by Gabrielle de Mareuil, the widow of Nicolas d' Anjou. 
The numerous troglodytic sites, which are for the most part former freestone quarries, have many uses: as houses, rooms for receptions (Cave of Châtelet) or wine cellars where wine matures in barrels or in bottles. The wine of our region, wine of Haut-Poitou is famous in France and abroad. You could visit some of these wine caves during your holidays. (List on request in the tourist information office) 
On the left bank of La Pallu, the village of Saint Léger has got a very beautiful Roman church with its porch and its capitals decorated with animals and a priory transformed into a Cultural Space (programme on the agenda page).
 
 
 
The Church Saint-Etienne in Marigny-Brizay
The Church Saint-Etienne was built in 10th century.  It went through many difficulties during that time. From the original building there is only a central span left which gives access to  the bell tower. This bell tower houses a valuable bell given in 1573 by Gabrielle de Mareuil, the widow of Nicolas d' Anjou. Inside the nave, you will see several sculptured capitals and a half-buried chapel.
The first restoration was carried out at the beginning of 17th century after the religious wars. But then the church was badly damaged during the Revolution and was then again restored at the end of the 19th century. The chancel and the two current transepts were built at that time. In 1945, stained-glass windows were placed in the apse.
If you walk around the church, you can also admire Saint Vincent's statuette which is in an outside corner. Saint Vincent was the patron saint of the wine growers, who was always naturally venerated by the municipality of Marigny-Brizay. This statuette was donated and installed in the 50’s by several local wine growers.
 
If you are interested on the history of Marigny-Brizay the tourist information office sells a book of 170 pages called: “Si Marigny-Brizay m’était conté…” (“If Marigny-Brizay had told me”), written by Mr.Lemoine, former mayor of this Commune. This book is available on request at the tourist information office at the price of 20€+3€ postage.
 
 
 
The Church Saint Léger la Pallu and the priory:The Church Saint Léger la Pallu and the priory:
The Church of the Saint Léger is named after Saint Léger, Abbot of Saint-Maixent and the Queen Bathilde’s adviser during the 7th century. Together, they abolished the slavery suffered by the Gauls.
 
Unfortunately, Saint Léger was murdered. His body was repatriated to Saint-Maixent and the cortege stopped near Marigny-Brizay. It is here that the church was built in the 11th century and dedicated to this Saint. A small vineyard was planted in front of the entrance instead of a cemetery, in which 
there is only one grave.
 
To get into the church you have to go down a few steps because the church was built on a slope which goes down to the river La Pallu. The inside of the church is luminous and richly decorated with sculptures.
 
The church and the adjoining priory have been restored. The priory was an inn on the pilgrimage road of Saint Jacques de Compostelle. It has been transformed into a Cultural Space with an annual programme of shows. You can find information on request at the tourist information office or see the following link (PDF format).
 
 
 
 
The Castle of Signy Tower:
There are only ruins remaining from the Castle of the Signy Tower. The most important and intact relic is an isolated door.
 
The door: its pompous and triumphant architecture dates it from the beginning of the 17th century. It is the work of pupils of "Androuet du Cerceau", architects of the bridge Henri IV de Châtellerault.
 
A fine  example of the abstract and majestic pump of the Richelieu period can been seen here.
 
To get to this castle, on the road between Vendeuvre-du-Poitou and Marigny-Brizay, turn left at the crossroads of La Croix Truet, take the direction of Le “Côteau» and "the "chambres d‘hotes“.You will pass in front of the troglodyte sites, where once again recently   a few families lived and where there was a mushroom bed.
To walk in this area, ask for the “Vignes et Troglodyte route.
 
 
    Beautiful Houses in Marigny-Brizay
The Chateau of Montfaucon
This is probably the most typical building of the Commune: the Chateau or Fortress of Montfaucon will stir your imagination. This fortified building “square house” has four huge circular pillars erected on a stone base and faced with flint.   These have been added to the former moats in order to preserve the waterproof quality of the foundations.
 
In its defensive role, reinforced by a drawbridge on its main facade and by huge vertical  slits in the tower of latrines, we can liken this building to a Fortress. 
 
Today Montfaucon is a venerable ruin, which has suffered from the ravages of time but this site does not leave on a sad note because since 2001 it was registered on the Supplementary Inventory of Historic Monuments.
 
The Manor of La Mailleterie:
This is a magnificent house resembling a fortress, which dates from the 15th century. The most intriguing point to note is the tower,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       shaped like a pepper pot, which is surmounted by a point from which hangs a horseman brandishing his lance. Known as the first Lord, it is Charles Joubert.
 
We know very little about this manor but there is a troglodyte house nearby which has got sarcophagus dating from the Templar period. The Manor has been registered in the List of Historic Monuments since 1934.
 
The Manor was the property of Paul Loskill, a famous German painter. He installed his studio here.
 
The Château des Roches
Records state the existence of a first building in 1334. Today this impressive bourgeois residence, with four square corner towers, a round tower on the West and another octagonal tower on the South, stands magnificently in a park with ancient trees, in which  a splendidly decorated arch (3,50 meters wide and 3 meters high) has been added.
 
The castle was built during the 19th and 20th centuries and belonged to the Delalande’s family, then the Cesbron’s family, the Marot’s family and the Meuly’s family.
 
The Château de la Mare
Its origins date from the 16th century. It changed hands many times and the aspect of the castle changed a great deal too. It belonged to Nicolas de Sainte-Marthe, who was the magistrate of Poitiers in 1613 and Lieutenant General of the Jurisdiction of Seneschal. The current edifice was built including a little manor called “le petit-fou”. The main Chateau offers a wide panoramic view and overlooks the beautiful French gardens.
 
We can observe in the North courtyard a massive, square dovecote with a little steeple on the top. Many smallholdings belonged to the Chateau, along with woods and vineyards, which indicates its agricultural vocation.
 
The Château de la Valette
An archaeological survey explains that the existence of this Chateau dates back to probably before the 13th century. There were very important renovations made, especially during the Renaissance period.
Inside the castle we can admire the beautiful woodwork in Louis XVI style, decorated with cameo paintings representing the four seasons, as well as rural scenes.  These were the object in 1994 of a registration in the Supplementary  Inventory of Historic Monuments.
 
 
 

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