The Halles of Clisson!!

So wandering my way to beautiful wine country of the Nantaise between the Atlantic ocean and the Loire river, we came to Clisson. Now I have written on wines of it and heritage of it in my blog before but this time let me concentrate a bit more on the Halles of Clisson or covered market.


The town of Clisson is in the Loire Atlantique dept 44 of the Pays de la Loire region. However, it used to be part of the Duchy of Brittany.  The town is located between Nantes, Cholet ,and La Roche sur Yon in the limits of the dept of Maine et Loire and Vendée. Take it from Nantes on the D149 road into Route de Nantes and city center /Centre ville Clisson.

The Halles or covered market of Clisson shows on recent analyses that the halles date from the 14C and are among the oldest in France. The estimated period is of 1374-1376, that is to say at the time of Olivier V , Constable of France. The halles are erected on the market square attested here since Guillaume de Clisson in the 13C. Clisson city of the markets of Brittany was also a city of important markets at the crossroads of three former provinces: Brittany, Anjou and Poitou. Before the French revolution, there was a house of Minage, located in the square of the same name, which collected taxes on cereals entering the market. The lower Les Halles housed, as was often the case, a court of law.  In 1793, following Torfou’s defeat, the Republicans (French revolutionaries) set Clisson on fire. The following year, the city was largely ravaged by the passage of the Infernal Columns, commissioned by Turreau to eradicate any Royalist resistance. It was probably spared because this building had a practical purpose, it served as a camp for Republican troops !


The halles are supported by a remarkable structure composed of different species of wood such as fir, chestnut, and oak, the architectural opulence testifies to the intensity of the trade practiced in Clisson and the richness of the city. The halles extend from rue St. Jacques to the southern end of Place Notre Dame. Nowadays, they are home to the big market on Tuesdays and Fridays all year round and make the heart beat of the city.


The city of Clisson on the market

The City of Clisson on the market hours

The Loire Valley tourist board on the market of Clisson

There you go folks, you have another wonderful excuse to come out west and see these gems. Like I said, a lot more than good muscadet wines are here in the Nantaise! Hope you enjoy the Halles of Clisson as we did.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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