Discover the heritage of Saintes, a town of art and history, from Antiquity to the present day ...
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Saint-Eutrope church amazes with its crypt, one of the largest in Europe. The Church of Saint-Eutrope in Saintes is a jewel of ‘art roman’, that will not leave you indifferent. It is also a stopover on the road to Saint Jacques de Compostela.
The Arc de Germanicus
The Arc de Germanicus, one of the most beautiful Gallo-Roman remains in the city. Installed in the main square, it represents the symbol of Romanization and of the city of Saintes. This monumental gate was erected at the entrance to the Roman bridge leading to the city in 18-19 AD.
The Gallo-Roman amphitheater
Live an extraordinary experience! The Gallo-Roman amphitheater impresses with its scale and its atmosphere steeped in history. Built on the outskirts of the city in AD 40-50, the amphitheater is one of the oldest in Gaul. It could accommodate more than 15,000 spectators, the population of the city.
The Abbaye aux Dames, the musical city
Yesterday, the abbey was the first abbey for women in Saintonge. Founded in 1047, it remained a place of wealth and power for over 700 years. The Abbey of Benedictine nuns of Sainte-Marie-aux-Dames was a city within the city. Today, the abbey has become a musical city. An unprecedented experience awaits you with Musicaventure and the Musical Carrousel, a unique merry-go-round ride. An emblematic place in the town of Saintes, the Abbaye aux Dames is a majestic link between past and future.