LOCAL HISTORY: AN AUTHENTIC NAPOLEONIC CITY

The creation of a new town in 1804 by imperial decree is the starting point of an incredible spurt of growth which matched the rapid development of the nineteenth century.

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With his team of engineers and administrators, Napoleon ensured that the projected town would have all the necessary elements to guarantee the new order: a national stud-farm (mentioned in the Michelin guide), town hall, prefecture, law-courts, military high-schools, the church of Saint-Louis... They are some of what Napoleon called "granite blocks", the institutions intended to be the foundations for the construction of modern France and the basis of his achievements in civil organisation. La Roche-sur-Yon is a perfect illustration of this project. Come and discover the town that Napoleon built in the Vendée!