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Saintes in the region of Poitou-Charentes with it's 29,512 habitants is a town located in France - some 256 mi (or 412 km) South-West of Paris, the country's capital.

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Local time in Saintes is now 08:52 PM (Monday). The local timezone is named "Europe / Paris" with an UTC offset of 1 hours. Depending on your flexibility, these larger cities might be interesting for you: Thenac, Taillebourg, Saint-Savinien, Saint-Porchaire, Saint-Hilaire-de-Villefranche or Angers. When in this area, you might want to check out Venerand, Saint-Vaize, Saintes, Les Gonds, Le Douhet and Chaniers as well. We found some clips posted online. Scroll down to see the most favourite one or select the video collection in the navigation.

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Hotel des Messageries à Saintes

01:26 min ( May 17, 2012 by citotel)
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L'hôtel des Messageries à Saintes, hôtel 3 étoiles, indépendant, membre du groupement Citotel

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02:25 min ( April 06, 2011 by TripAdvisorTRIPWOW4)
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Preview of Texaspeyton's blog at TravelPod. Read the full blog here: This blog preview was made by TravelPod using the TripAdvisor TripWow slideshow creator. Learn more about these v...

Saintes (Charente Maritime)

07:29 min ( October 16, 2012 by Maryka46)
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Tourisme à Saintes (Charente Maritime) - Commune du sud-ouest de la France, située dans le département de la Charente-Maritime et la région Poitou-Charentes .Arrosée par la Charente - Saintes est...

Views of St Pierre Cathedral Saintes C...

03:29 min ( February 08, 2012 by Bruce Weir)
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Found some photos I took a few years ago of a cathedral in the Roman town of Saintes near where I live in France, and made a short slideshow video to music, just for the fun of it! Background ecclesia...

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Interesting facts about this location

Saintes Cathedral

Saintes Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Saintes) is a former Roman Catholic cathedral, and a national monument of France, in Saintes. It was formerly the seat of the Bishop of Saintes, abolished under the Concordat of 1801, when its territory was reallocated, mostly to the Diocese of La Rochelle. The previous cathedral was built here in the 12th century. Little remains of this building apart from a Romanesque arm and the crossing of the transept. The cloisters date from the 13th century.

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Located at 45.75, -0.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 0 mi away.
Tags:Basilica churches in France, Churches in Charente-Maritime, Former cathedrals in France

Mediolanum Santonum

Mediolanum Santonum was a Roman town of southwestern Gaul, now Saintes. It was founded in about 20 BC in connection with an expansion of the network of Roman roads serving Burdigala. The name means "the central town of the Santones", the tribe that then inhabited the area; the town became an important center in the Roman province of Aquitania.

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Located at 45.75, -0.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 0 mi away.
Tags:Populated places established in the 1st century BC, Roman towns and cities in France, Santones


Saintonge is a small region and historical province on the Atlantic coast of France within the département Charente-Maritime, west and south of Charente in the administrative region of Poitou-Charentes. It derives its name from the ancient Gallic tribe of the Santones who lived in this area, around the current city of Saintes. The Saintonge was the center of the French Huguenots.

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Located at 45.75, -0.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 0 mi away.
Tags:Former provinces of France, French pottery, Geography of Charente, Geography of Charente-Maritime, History of Poitou-Charentes, Santones


The Abbey of Sainte-Marie-des-Dames (French: Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes) was the first Benedictine abbey for women in Saintes in Charente-Maritime in France. It was founded in 1047 by Geoffrey II, Count of Anjou. One of its abbesses was Agnès de Barbezieux (1134-1174), whose relative, Eleanor of Aquitaine, was a generous donor to the abbey. Madame de Montespan was educated here. It is located next to the town's Arch of Germanicus and was classified a monument historique in 1948.

More reading: Sainte-Marie-des-Dames homepage
Located at 45.75, -0.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 1 mi away.
Tags:Benedictine monasteries in France, Benedictine nunneries in France, Buildings and structures in Charente-Maritime, Churches in Charente-Maritime, Official historical monuments of France, Visitor attractions in Charente-Maritime

Château de Taillebourg

The Château de Taillebourg is a ruined castle from the medieval era. It is built on a rocky outcrop, overlooking the village of Taillebourg and the valley of the Charente River, in the Charente-Maritime department of France. It commanded a very strategic position and was therefore the focus of much conflict throughout the medieval era. It featured in several episodes of the Hundred Years' War and the Saintonge War before that.

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Located at 45.75, -0.63 (Lat. / Lng.), less than 6 mi away.
Tags:Buildings and structures in Charente, Castles in Poitou-Charentes, Ruins in Poitou-Charentes