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Loudun is a commune in the Vienne department in the Poitou-Charentes region in western France.It is located 30km south of the town of Chinon and 25 km to the east of the town Thouars. The area south of Loudun is the place of origin of a significant portion of the Acadians, one of the early founding people of New France in Canada.SightsAn ancient town, Loudun contains numerous old streets, and buildings and monuments of which five are Government-listed monuments. It is also the location of a vicus type archaeological site.Loudun possessionsLoudun was the site of hysteria concerning the supposed mass possession of nuns by the Devil in 1634.Loudun in artIn 1968 Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki wrote an opera The Devils of Loudun, based on Aldous Huxley's novel and John Whiting's theatre play. Penderecki's opera premiered in 1969 at the Hamburg State Opera. Ken Russell's 1971 film The Devils is also based on Huxley's novel and Whiting's play.
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