Saintes has made a pact with time without losing its soul for all that. It makes light of the centuries and gently draws on the marks they have left. Wedged in a loop of the river Charente, with regular floods as a reminder of nature, the city seems to capture quite indifferently the essentials of the passing time. A town of art and history, the prestigious remains of the ancient capital, the jewels of Roman art, the elegance of the classic facades and contemporary audacity come together in simplicity and harmony. The atmosphere is serene and acts like a charm, conducive to conjuring up the ethereal ghosts of those who roamed the city.


Gallo-roman amphitheatre

Saintes the Roman

Saint Eutrope's crypt

The Roman Age

Saint Pierre's cathedral

The historic center

Cruising on the gabare

The River Charente