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Puy du Fou - History brought to life

Puy du Fou - History brought to life

14 May 2013 BY Tim Wells 1

The exciting, award-winning theme park of Puy du Fou in the Vendée celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, as well as the outstanding distinction of winning the 2012 Thea Classic Award for the “world’s best park”, given by the Themed Entertainment Association, and is a must to visit for all ages. Its main attraction, the Cinéscénie, or “moving stage”, was originally conceived in 1978 as a staged historical spectacle set against the backdrop of a ruined Renaissance château. Since then it has evolved into one of the most popular attractions in Europe, with millions of visitors annually. Five main events transport the enthralled spectator into the worlds of the Vikings, the Gallo-Roman circus, medieval knights, the milieu of the Musketeers, and an airborne ballet of birds of prey swooping just overhead. Smaller attractions abound throughout the park, along with authentically-recreated villages from past eras, nature areas, gardens, and zoos, and of course all the amenities one could ask for. At night, however, the real action begins: the Cinescénie has become the largest night spectacle in the world, a colossal son-et-lumière that recounts seven centuries of local history in a grand blaze of lights, fireworks, and music, and with the help of hundreds of volunteer actors and performers in thousands of colourful local costumes.

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  • Madeleine

    05:12PM 22 May 2013 Reply

    The owner of one of the villas in Vendée goes to Puy du Fou every Sunday religiously. He says there's always something new to discover. I went as a child and was overwhelmed!