Loix: the Village, its location
The road to the village of Loix in the Ile de Ré goes through the salt marshes. Loix in the Middle Ages was still an island and it is by boat that ancients went there. Because of its isolated position in the middle of the marshes it is one of the most picturesque villages of the island of Re. The church with its the square tower has a beautiful ex-voto, layout Commander of the 18th century. Loix has a small port and has the only Tide’s Mill in the Ile de Ré.
Loix Tides’ Mill
A 1753 thesis mentions seven water mills in the Ile de Ré. The only one with its buildings in good state of preservation is at the “Passage”, the small port of Loix. This tides’ mill had a double function: grind wheat and produce “flushing” to feed the salt marshes or maintain the channel depth. It was used also in the early 19th century to wash the salt. The opening through which water enters is covered with a wide arc. A bike path runs along the mill is not open.
To the east of the village, la pointe du Groin, is a small Fort, the only book of its kind in the Ile de Ré to have undergone no transformation at all
Located at the tip of the Groin in Loix, is a battery building (created in 1742), consisting of an earth uncoated that was eroded by the sea, but the defensive guard built in 1861 is intact, the single access is defended by a drawbridge. This type of structure was widespread on the coasts in the 19th century. It is the only example on the Ile de Re that has not changed at all. Decommissioned in 1881, the building clearly visible from the road or the coast, belongs to individuals since 1949.
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