Heritage and History

Get to know the Ile d’Oléron and the Marennes basin through its heritage, which can be maritime, of course, but also military, religious or civilian.

The Chassiron lighthouse is a fine example of maritime heritage. The museum has displays that recount the story of navigation around the island.  The fortifications – the citadels of Brouage, Le Château d’Oléron, Fort Louvois and Fort Boyard – tell the story of the conflicts and wars that took place around the island and the basin.

The wealth and importance of the clergy in Marennes-Oléron created churches during the Middle Ages.  Lastly, rather more discreetly, the civil heritage – different types of houses (fishermen’s, villagers’ and mansions) – is real evidence of the traditional activities that have taken place over the centuries.