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Title: Sainte-Marie-de-Ré  
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Subject: Île de Ré, Communes of the Charente-Maritime department, Sainte-Marie, Arrondissement of La Rochelle, Canton of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Maxime Bono
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Coordinates: 46°09′02″N 1°18′35″W / 46.1506°N 1.3097°W / 46.1506; -1.3097Coordinates: 46°09′02″N 1°18′35″W / 46.1506°N 1.3097°W / 46.1506; -1.3097

Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement La Rochelle
Canton Saint-Martin-de-Ré
Intercommunality Ile de Ré
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gisèle Vergnon
 • Land1 9.84 km2 (3.80 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 3,112
 • Population2 density 320/km2 (820/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 17360 / 17740
Elevation 0–17 m (0–56 ft)
(avg. 8 m or 26 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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


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.


Sainte-Marie (as a word) was first used as a designation for a Parish Church in the late 12th century. The village centered around grape farming for over a millennium and maintains a strong rural identity. The commune was officially begun in 1790.[1]


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


  • 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.


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.[2]
  • 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:

See also


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