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  • the arénes of Saintes
    the arénes of Saintes
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  • the entrance of gladiators !
    the entrance of gladiators !
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  • the clocktower at Cathedral
    the clocktower at Cathedral
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    Church of Saint Eutrope, Saintes

    by gwened Written Dec 17, 2014

    This is a wonderful building that I need to be back for more but here it is anyway. The crypt is bigger than that of ChartresThe life of the Church of Saint-Eutropius was to honor the saint's relics, Cluniac monks founded a monastery in the 9C, and then built a lavish Church at two levels.

    There are traces from the 6C but no written proof of it. It could be that Clunysien monk Benedict, drew plans around the year 1080AD.The architectural work is wonderful as has built two choirs exactly like a bunk, served by a common nave located halfway up these two choirs. All with enough space to accommodate the many pilgrims honouring saint Eutrope and circulate easily around his tomb.

    The region tourist office in English on it
    http://www.visit-poitou-charentes.com/Visites/Eglise-Saint-Eutrope2
    Over the years, changes have occurred such after the destruction of the nave in 1803 , changed the appearance of the bottom of the crypt, near the entrance. The last excavation took place in 1843. This re-creation is regarded by specialists as so perfect that it is very difficult to distinguish between the capitals of the 11C from the 13C or 19C.

    The remains of saint Eutrope rest in the Cenotaph since October 1843. It is a magnificent monument quite mesmerizing Romanesque atmosphere, it 's a must to visit while in Saintes.

    huge crypt at Church St Etropious
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    The Romans at Saintes

    by gwened Written Dec 17, 2014

    walk in city center and face this magnificent roman arch . Nice indeed

    The Arc de Germanicus is an antiquity Roman arch built around the 18 or 19 AD for Emperor Tibèr,his son Drusus, and his nephew and adoptive son Germanicus.

    So in reality it is not an arc of triumph ; its construction was financed by a rich citizen of Saintes. It is an arch of traffic with two bays on the road from Lyon to Saintes (Lugdunum – Mediolanum Santonum) at the level of the Roman bridge over the river Charente. IN 1843 Prosper Mérimée had it moved 15 meters to do work on the wharfs of the Charente. The arch was restored in 1851.

    More on it in French on the heritage site of Saintes
    http://www.saintonge-patrimoine.com/article.php3?id_article=63
    http://mediolanum-santonum.fr/arc-de-germanicus.html

    dept tourist site in English
    http://www.france-atlantic.com/tourism/territory/remarkable-towns-villages/towns-of-art-and-history

    you also have a wonderful amphitheater of gallo-romain antiquity call locally the Arènes de Saintes It was begun Under emperor Tiber (14-37AD) and finished Under Claude (41-54AD). Saintes was then called Mediolanum Santonum , capital of civitas Santonum (the city of Santons, administrative subdivision ) ,and the province of Gaule Aquitaine.

    Arc de Germanicus the ar��nes of Saintes the entrance of gladiators !
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    Cathédrale Saint Pierre, Saintes

    by gwened Updated Jun 22, 2014

    These are the chapels in the Cathedral which is a must to see while in town
    The chapel of the souls in purgatory, in addition to its altar it is home to a monument to the dead of the first world war and two tables classified: ' a monk in prayer of the 18C and the Virgin interceding for the souls in purgatory.
    The chapel of the confessions in addition to two paintings of st-Pierre, classified, has an altar.
    The chapel axial Chapel of the Psalette, so-called of Tourette family who participated in its construction in the late Gothic style and motifs prefiguring rebirth. Built between 1515 and 1520, it houses the tombs of two Deans of the chapter.
    The baptismal chapel which also has an array of Jean baptizing and a ciborium.
    The chapel Harpain to Marie Eustelle, girl who appears on the stained glass.
    The chapel of Mary Magdalene, it has an array of Antoine Reissener, the birth of the Virgin in the 19c.
    The chapel of Notre-dame of the Miracle which in addition to its altar has a painting of a monk in prayer.
    The chapel of la Rochefoucauld dedicated to Pierre Louis of the Rochefoucauld-Bayers.
    The chapel of the Blessed Sacrament with his altar, his sink, his tabernacle, his credenza and altarpiece of the 19C that are classified as well as his stained glass of the Patriarchs.
    The chapel of the child Jesus.
    The chapel of the Holy Spirit and Lourdes.
    The St-Michel Chapel, in rehabilitation which houses a dedication from the 16C to Charles Guitard and is classified.
    The chapel of Vivonne, dedicated to Jean de Vivonne and possesses a Eutropius and Estelle table that is classified.

    those that have come here or help maintain the Cathedral are
    Pope Urban II celebrates Easter mass in the old cathedral in 1096. The Duke of Anjou and King of Spain Philippe V, attend the mass of Christmas in 1700.
    Among the benefactors and visitors of the old cathedrale are:
    The Emperor Charlemagne
    King Henri II of England
    King Louis VII of France
    King Louis IX of France
    King Philippe III of France

    Among the benefactors and visitors of the present Cathedral are:
    King Louis XI of France
    King Louis XIII of France
    King Louis XIV of France
    King Philippe V of Spain
    The Emperor Napoleon I
    The Emperor Napoleon III

    clearly you should visit too ::)

    Cathedral Saint Pierre side of Cathedral the clocktower at Cathedral
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    Musée Archéologique de Saintes

    by gwened Updated Jun 22, 2014

    great museum one of the best in archeology in France.

    In fact, a large part of the exposed collections comes from the excavation of the ancient city walls of the city. The construction of this wall coincides with the period of instability of the 3-4C, who sees succession troubles and invasions. To deal with the most pressing, a part of the basilicas, temples and palaces were demolished, the stones being reused for the construction of the wall. Reinforced repeatedly in the middle ages, this imposing defensive system is retained until the 18C. The foundations of a part of the ancient rampart are still visible near the place of the Recollets. Archaeological excavations that have been carried out have enabled the discovery of many relics.

    The main room of the Museum houses the - approximate - reconstruction of the entablature which was expected to be an important civil or religious of the ancient city, probably built around the 1C AD.Include a rich collection of sculptures, whether they are ornamental, religious or funeral. So many goddesses-mothers or a relief which might represent the Charente deified. A statuette decapitated dating from the period of Augustan represents a goddess holding a young deer, unlikely symbol of prosperity or link between the world of the living and of dead. Fragments of columns, funerary steles, mosaics or capitals remains represent a good portion of the collections. Cash among the elements the most remarkable are also the remains of a headless statue in marble from Carrara and the elements of Roman chariot dated 1C AD. It's a unique set in western Europe.

    the city of Saintes on the museum
    http://www.ville-saintes.fr/culture-patrimoine/musees/lesmusees/179-musee-archeologique.html

    archeological museum Saintes
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    Roman ruins.

    by Steve-H Written May 24, 2004

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    The amphitheatre, built in the reign of Claudius in AD40, it has a series of steps built into the sides of the valley and an embankment at the western end. This is the view eastwards towards the great stone entrance. The amphitheatre measures 126m x 102m and could hold about 15,000 spectators.
    There are evening shows `Sites en Scene` durin August.

    Roman amphitheatre
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