Sainte-Marie-de-Ré

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46°09'02"N
001°18'34"W
Country
 France
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Description

Sainte-Marie-de-Ré is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France.

Geography

Sainte-Marie-de-Ré is a small village, on the southern coast of the Île de Ré, facing the Île d'Oléron. The coastal part is bordered by beaches and small cliffs.

History

Sainte-Marie (as a word) was first used as a designation for a Parish Church in the late 12th century. The village centered on grape farming for over a millennium and maintains a strong rural identity. The commune was officially begun in 1790.

Population

Inhabitants of Sainte-Marie-de-Ré: Maritais. Inhabitants of La Noue: Nouais.

Economy

Agriculture: grape vineyards, asparagus, potatoes. Tourism. Thalassotherapy: The thalassotherapy center on the waterfront of the south-eastern edge of Sainte-Marie was expanded in 2004. Computer information technology.

Sights

Religious sites

The Parish church, Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption at Sainte-Marie de Ré whose existence was first recorded in the late 12th century. In 1467 the church was fortified and a moat surrounding the church was dug. The Saint Sauveur Chapel at La Noue.

Civil sites

A Monument to the Dead. A monument by sculptor Mélanie Quentin called "La Connaissance" which was installed in 2006. The Magayant house, a fishing museum.

International relations

The commune is twinned with: Pierrefort
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