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Talmont-sur-Gironde

Talmont-sur-Gironde
Talmont-sur-Gironde is located in France
Talmont-sur-Gironde
Coordinates:
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement Saintes
Canton Cozes
Intercommunality Pays Royannais
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) François Lo Duca
Area1 4.44 km2 (1.71 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 79
 • Density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 17437 / 17120
Elevation 0–24 m (0–79 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.


Talmont-sur-Gironde is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in the Poitou-Charentes region in southwestern France.

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • Population 2
  • Sights 3
    • Church of St Radegonde 3.1
  • History 4
  • Personalities 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Geography

The village lies about 15 km (9.3 mi) south of Royan, on a small promontory which dominates the Gironde estuary. It appears to be ‘perched’ on this rocky outcrop, in the way that it occupies every square millimetre of space. Tiny beaches can be found at the base of the fortifications, which mostly are sheer from the sea. Inland there is marshy country and a small waterway runs alongside the south wall of the village.

Population

Sights

Carrelet at Talmont-sur-Gironde

The village is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France ("The most beautiful villages of France") association.

The village is known for its show of hollyhocks, which intrude on the tiny pedestrian-only streets between the small houses.


Church of St Radegonde

The church of St Radegonde was built in 1094. The structure appears quite 'squat' and is Romanesque in character. The church was a resting place for the Pilgrimage of Saint James of Compostela on the via Turonensis, because the pilgrims crossed the Gironde at this spot (Voie de Soulac Littoral Aquitain).

History

The enclosed and fortified village was founded around the church in 1284, according to the plans of the ancient bastides, on the orders of Edward I of England. During the Hundred Years' War which divided England and France, Talmont became a strategic stake. In 1652, the village was destroyed by the Spanish.

Personalities

See also

References

  • INSEE

External links

  • Voie de Soulac (French)
  • Via Turonensis (French)
  • The pilgrimage of St James of Compostela (French)
  • Saint Radegonde (French)
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