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Saintes
Historic centre of Saintes.
Historic centre of Saintes.
Coat of arms of Saintes
Coat of arms
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Coordinates: 45°44′47″N 0°38′00″W / 45.7464°N 0.6333°W / 45.7464; -0.6333Coordinates: 45°44′47″N 0°38′00″W / 45.7464°N 0.6333°W / 45.7464; -0.6333
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement Saintes
Canton Saintes
Intercommunality CA de Saintes
Area
1
45.55 km2 (17.59 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
25,149
 • Density 552.12/km2 (1,429.98/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Saintais
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
17415 /17100
Elevation 2–81 m (6.6–265.7 ft)
(avg. 42 m or 138 ft)
Website www.ville-saintes.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Saintes is a French commune and historic town, a subprefecture in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France. It is in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Saintes.

Before the French Revolution, Saintes was the capital of the old province of Saintonge.

Geography

Saintes is in the central eastern part of the Charente-Maritime department, in the old province of Saintonge, along the Charente river that flows through the commune from south to north.

The commune has an area of 45.6 km2 (17.6 sq mi), and its average altitude is 42 m (138 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 20 m (66 ft).

The distances from Saintes to other cities are:

Saintes and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Saintes

The commune of Saintes is surrounded by the communes:

Climate

The climate of Saintes, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.

Population

The inhabitants of this city are known, in French, as Saintais (women: Saintaises).

With a population of 25,149, Saintes has a population density of 552 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Saintes

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Administration

Saintes is a subprefecture of the Charente-Maritime department, the capital of the arrondissement of Saintes and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton of Saintes.

It is part of the intercommunality CA Saintes (French: Communauté d'agglomération de Saintes).

Twinned and partner towns

Saintes is twinned with:

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