Magne, from Latin Magnus meaning great, is the old name for a rich Roman family settled on an island in the Gulf of the PictonsBordered by the Sèvre Niortaise and the Sevreau, the village has built four bridges over the waterways, the most characteristic of which is the metal drawbridge, witness to the golden age of river trade in the 19th century. This traffic allowed the export of potteryold local industry fed by the bri marin, the clay of the marsh. Today, the pots have been replaced by exhibitions at the Pontet oven located on the towpath. The commune has several labels: a butterfly, symbol of "Healthy Earth".The label was awarded to Magné in 2015 in recognition of its ban on pesticides and the Villes et Villages Fleuris" national label in 2018. In addition, in 2023 Magné obtained a second fork of the Territoire bio engagé labelone year after obtaining the first. This means thatat least 35 % of the products served in the Les Hirondelles school group restaurant are organic. The next objective is to reach 100 % in the supply of organic products by 2025.

What to see in Magné?

01. St Catherine's Church

The original Saint-Germain d'Auxerre, built in 936 by the abbey of Charroux, was destroyed by the Normans. In 1508, a chapter of six canons under the name of Saint Catherine is founded by Catherine de Coëtivy, niece of the king and wife of the lord of Magné. The church was built in 1521 by the architect Mathurin Berthomé. The vaults collapsed in 1568 following the looting and burning of the Huguenots. In 1789, the monument became a fodder warehouse and a military hospital for the mangy in 1793. It was restored in the 19th century and classified as a historical monument in 1913.
What to see: Virgin and Child (18th century painting?), Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament with 18th century altarpiece, 19th and 20th century stained glass windows and statues.

02. Saint Macrina's Chapel

Located on the highest hill of Magne (42 m.), This high holy place of the Maraîchin country is dedicated to Macrine, patron saint of boatmen and patron saint of the agricultural world. In the 12th century, the small church was rebuilt. During the Revolution, it was in ruins and sold to Jacques Barré of Niort. His widow donated it to the commune of Magné in 1806, which rebuilt it from 1867 to 1886 in the neo-gothic style. In 2004, a chestnut ex-voto was inaugurated, co-signed by Laurent Page and his assistants Julien Monory and Maïté Ballereau-Ferdonnet. It is a bas-relief representing Macrine on her arrival in the Marais, in a boat moving forward among the reeds. Since the Middle Ages, a pilgrimage has taken place every 6th of July, which is still going on today. Arriving from Marans, Maillé, Vix, Damvix, Arçais... by the old Sèvre and mooring their boats near the ford of Magné, the pilgrims passed by three miraculous sources. All that remains today is the fountain of the Gravée des Trois Ormeaux, built in 1845, 1 km from the chapel in the street of the same name.

03. The Cultural Space of the Four Pontet

Former pottery kiln modernised by Mr Pontet, Since 1998, the factory has become a major exhibition venue in the Niort region. Magnesian pottery is an old industry with the first traces of activity dating back to the Neolithic period. The first known workshop was established in the early 19th century and the last one closed in 1980. Magné made utilitarian objects (milk pots, coffee pots, mogette pots) and decorative objects (flower pots in the shape of Tours and Paris), as well as devotional items sold to pilgrims to Saint Macrina's.

04. The Marais Pin site

The site includes a lockmaster's house from 1865 which, unoccupied since 1987, was sold in 2007 by the Directorate of Equipment and a sluice gate with a fish pass. Nearby is the motte qui branle, whose legend from the end of the 19th century says that the unstable ground swallowed up unlucky travellers in the swamp! In fact, the motte, a raised plot of land surrounded by ditches (canals) for growing the farm's vegetables, wobbles under the weight of its visitors, especially at flood time.

05. From Port to Port Heritage Trail

Starting from the Espace du Bief car park, thanks to a signpost on the ground (decorated brass nails), a 2.5 km path along the Sèvre Niortaise and in the streets of the village, with 7 panels highlighting the small heritage with games and riddles in accompaniment: the cottages, the bread oven in the Rue du Port-Musqué (restored), the communal pump...
The market gardening ports evoke the transport of wood, fishing, washing clothes, etc.; the image of daily life in the past. The Bras-Rouge island located at the end of the Port-Musqué street and integrated into the pathway: a place of experimentation and a learning path on local species.

Important events not to be missed in Magné

International Painting Festival

On the third weekend of July, Magné organises the International Painting Festival with 300 artists and occupies the largest space in the world. the leading position in France for this type of event !

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