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Coordinates: 45°56′48″N 0°31′46″W / 45.946614°N 0.529404°W / 45.946614; -0.529404

Commune of Saint-Jean-d'Angély

Maison à colombage Saint-Jean-d'Angely.jpg
Location
Saint-Jean-d'Angély is located in France
Saint-Jean-d'Angély
Administration
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement Saint-Jean-d'Angély
Canton Saint-Jean-d'Angély
Intercommunality Saint-Jean-d'Angély
Mayor Paul-Henri Denieul
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 8–76 m (26–250 ft)
(avg. 4 m/13 ft)
Land area1 18.78 km2 (7.25 sq mi)
Population2 7,681  (1999)
 - Density 409 /km2 (1,060 /sq mi)
Miscellaneous
INSEE/Postal code 17347/ 17400
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Saint-Jean-d'Angély is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in south-western France.

The commune has its historical origins in the Abbey of Saint-Jean-d'Angély.

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Royal abbey

Founded in the ninth century to house a relic of Saint John the Baptist, and rebuilt in the 14th, 17th and 18th centuries because of repeated destruction, then later abandoned, the Abbey is now a listed building. It remains the most remarkable piece of architecture of Saint-Jean-d'Angély, a town which has kept all its medieval charm. Situated on the pilgrim route that led to Santiago de Compostela[1] the edifice still constitutes a major stopping-off point towards Santiago de Compostela. Since 1989, the Royal Abbey has housed the Centre of European Culture, which has breathed new life into the Abbey by restoring it as a historical and cultural site and as a place for the exchange of ideas.

From 1989 to 1997, the restoration of the monastic buildings has been carried out according to the needs of the Centre of European Culture, with an emphasis placed on accommodations, catering, as well as rooms for conferences, reunions and workshops. The Centre is has been at the forefront of the revitilization of the building, to such a point that today the Centre and the Abbey have been linked in the minds of the residents.

Centre of European culture

The Centre of European Culture at Saint-Jean-d'Angély, created in 1989 as a joint initiative taken by the Minister of Culture, the town of Saint-Jean-d'Angély, the regional council of Poitou-Charentes and the council of Charente Maritime, has hosted multinational sessions focused on European culture and citizenship that are dedicated to youngsters sixteen to nineteen years, coming from all European countries.

Modern Saint-Jean

Saint-Jean D'Angely is now home to a vibrant and bustling town centre, with a twice-weekly market (on Saturdays and Wednesdays). Also present is a swimming and fitness centre, Atlantys, which resides on the edge of the town.

Geography

The Boutonne flows northwestward through the commune; the town lies on its right bank.

International relations

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Twin towns — Sister cities

See also

References

  1. ^ The route is registered by the UNESCO as part of the "World Heritage of Humanity"

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