Saint Laurent sur Sèvre is called the “Holy City of Vendée” because of Louis Grignion de Montfort. Every year, around 25,000 visitors, among which Pope John Paul II in 1996, come to pray and meditate on his grave in the basilica. Saint Laurent can also rely on 1,820 students: 850 of them in the boarding school, in Saint Gabriel and Saint Michel (school) institutions. Moreover, Saint Laurent offers a good life both to the inhabitants and the visitors who are delighted to stroll, whatever the season is, on a lot of hiking trails and green tracks bordering the Sèvre Nantaise river.
In St Laurent sur Sèvre, a town of 3411 inhabitants, we way find the mother houses of three religious congregations : is a town of local cities associations :the Daughters of Wisdom, the Montfortain missionaries and the Brothers of Saint Gabriel.
These congregations where founded by Father Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort who died in this city 1716.
The religious aspect of the town still prevails with its 20.000 visitors a year, among whom Pope John Paul II in 1996.
Another characteristic of the town is the importanceof its schools : 1.820 students attend St Gabriel/St Michel school - 850 of them are boarders.
Although the town area is rather small (1.579 hectates), 2.000 jobs exist in the town which also counts about fifty craftsmen and shopkeepers.
St Laurent also number forty varied associations managed by a lot of volunteers.
Finally, St Laurent is a place where it is pleasant to live and stroll, whatever the season, owing to its 40 kms of walking paths and hiking trails bordering the river Sèvre, through the Parc de la Barbinière, and on the hills of the Sèvre Nantaise valley.
Saint-Laurent sur Sèvre
Population : 3440 habitants
- à 70 km de Nantes
- à 80 km d'Angers
- à 60 km de La Roche-sur-Yon
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