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Coordinates: 46°09′02″N 1°18′35″W / 46.1505555556°N 1.30972222222°W / 46.1505555556; -1.30972222222

Commune of Sainte-Marie-de-Ré

Sainte-Marie-de-Ré église.jpg
Sainte-Marie-de-Ré is located in France
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes Poitou-Charentes
Department Blason département fr Charente-Maritime.svg Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement La Rochelle
Canton Saint-Martin-de-Ré
Intercommunality Ile de Ré
Mayor Gisèle Vergnon
Elevation 0–17 m (0–56 ft)
(avg. 8 m/26 ft)
Land area1 9.84 km2 (3.80 sq mi)
Population2 3,223  
 - Density 328 /km2 (850 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 17360/ 17740
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.

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



Location of Sainte-Marie on l'île de Ré

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 1100s. 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.
Year 1968 1976 1982 1990 1999
Population 1195 1165 1317 1806 2655


  • 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.

Places of interest


Religious sites

  • The Parish church, Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption at Sainte-Marie de Ré whose existence was first recorded in the late 1100s. 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.

Twin towns

See also


  1. ^ Le village de Sainte-Marie. Website of Mairie Sainte-Marie-de Ré. accessdate = September 13, 2008 (Fr)
  2. ^ Eglise paroissiale Notre-Dame-de-l' Assomption. Architecture. Ministère de la Culture. Access date: 9-14-2008 (Fr)


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