The Sèvre Niortaise valley was a major production site for Poitou mules, which were exported all over the world and particularly to southern Europe. Poitou mules are the product of the fertilization a female Poitou horse by Poitou donkeys. They are, par excellence, draft animals of the mountainous roads. On the old fairground, there were at least 5 inns in operation until the 19th century. We can still see beautiful bourgeois residences today, including the Vieux Logis with its square dovecote.
Further on, the Pont Neuf was used from the 12th century by merchants and pilgrims. Twenty meters long, the building has six arches, all of a different model. Its state of conservation and its atypical architecture deserve a photo break, isn’t it?