is a commune
in the Charente-Maritime department
in western 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 1100s. The village centered around grape farming for over a millennium and maintains a strong rural identity. The commune was officially begun in 1790.
- Inhabitants of Sainte-Marie-de-Ré : Maritais, Maritaises.
- Inhabitants of La Noue : Nouais, Nouaises.
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- Agriculture: grape vineyards, asparagus, potatoes.
- Thalassotherapy: The thalassotherapy center on the waterfront of the southeastern edge of Sainte-Marie was expanded in 2004.
- Computer information technology.
Architecture and Monuments of interest
- The Parish church, Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption at Sainte-Marie de Ré whose existance was first recorded in the late 1100s. In 1467 the church was fortified and a moat surrounding the church was dug.
- The Saint Sauveur Chapel at La Noue.
Based on the article in the French Wikipedia.