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Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France

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Saintes is a commune in France, in the Charente-Maritime département, of which it is a sub-prefecture.

In Roman times, the town was called Mediolanum Santonum. It was founded in about 20 BC. Some estimations show that Saintes had about 15,000 inhabitants in those days, and that its borders were almost the same as today.

Saintes was the capital of the former province of Saintonge. It was the scene of the second phase of the Saintonge War, in 1242, when the army of Hugh X was besieged by that of Louis IX and Alphonse of Poitiers.

The French Wars of Religion hit Saintes during most of the 16th century since many Protestants inhabited the region. Bernard Palissy, one of them, saw that difficult period.

In 1730 a new era began with the construction of the hôtel du Marquis de Monconseil which was the commencement of numerous changes in the city landscape.

During the early years of the French Revolution, the town was the political base of André Antoine Bernard, a Jacobin revolutionary who represented Saintes in the Legislative Assembly of 1791-1792 and the National Convention of 1792-1795 and was among those responsible for the Reign of Terror.wikipedia



Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France


Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France


Saintes, Charente-Maritime, France


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(Saintes) - The old Saint-Pierre Cathedral, dating from the 15th century, was badly damaged by the Huguenots (Protestants) in 1568.

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1730 - Hôtel du Marquis de Monconseil constructed in Saintes

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Saintes was the administrative centre of the Charente Inférieure département (now Charente-Maritime) from 1791 until La Rochelle supplanted it in 1810.

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(Saintes) - The Roman Ruins: The L’Arc of Germanicus by the riverbank was originally built in 19AD and dedicated to emperor Tiberius, his son Drusu and his nephew Germanicus.
Originally standing on a stone bridge in the town it was moved to its present location in 1843 when ...Read MORE...

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Saintes, a town of France, capital of an arrondissement in the department of Charente-Inferieur, 42 ...Read MORE...


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