Ancient Diocese of Maillezais
In 1631 Pope Urban VIII, with a view to a more active struggle against Protestantism, transferred the residence of the Bishop of Maillezais to Fontenay-le-Comte; in 1648 the see itself was suppressed by Pope Innocent X. Its territory was annexed to the Aunis district and the Isle of Ré, both of which had been detached from the Diocese of Saintes in order to form the diocese of La Rochelle; this condition lasted until 1821.
The abbey of Maillezais
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