Let’s explore the various faces of the village of Saint-Martin-de-Ré...Let’s explore the various faces of the village of Saint-Martin-de-Ré, its harbour with its 2 docks, and the typical narrow streets steeped with history. Let’s discover this exceptional heritage thanks to the circuit “Visit of Saint-Martin-de-Ré” (approx. 1h) with tour of Vauban’s fortifications.
- Difference in height
- 13.26 m
- Points of interest
1 Departure : Tourist Office
3 Harbour - To learn more...
Today, the marina comprises 2 docks: the first one directly linked to the sea and the second one – a wet dock- filled with water 24 hours a day. It can accommodate over 200 boats.
4 Convict’s Map
5 Convict’s Map - To learn more...
Convicts (prisoners) were sent from the harbour of Saint-Martin to New Caledonia and Guyana. Île de Ré is 31km long and 5km wide (the narrowest part: 70m). It comprises 10 villages and Saint-Martin-de-Ré is its historic capital.
* Tip: A convict is a man sentenced to galleys or hard labour in penal colonies, a prisoner.
7 Sculptures - To learn more...
The church was destroyed several times over centuries. First, in 1627, when the town was besieged by the English forces, Maréchal de Thoiras (Île de Ré’s defender) commanded his troops to demolish the steeples of the church in order to prevent the enemy from installing their cannons… In 1696, the Dutch forces launched over 3,000 bombs in the direction of Saint-Martin, and consequently destroy over 300 houses and the church. In 1694, a fire started and the framework and the choir* were completely destroyed.
In spite of the numerous damages, the inhabitants will inexorably try to rebuild and renovate what remains the only Catholic place of worship today.
* Tip: In architecture, the choir, from Greek, khoros, meaning a group of singers, is the area of a church where clergy and members of the liturgical or Gregorian choir may stand either in a cathedral or in a church.
9 Place de la République
10 Maison de la Vinatière
* Tip: Half-timbered refers to buildings constructed of a timber frame, a house having exposed wood framing.
11 Arrival : Market
12 Le Marché - En savoir plus...
* Coup de pouce : 1685, Révocation de l’Edit de Nantes : Par ce nouvel édit, le Roi-Soleil (Louis XIV) signifie qu'il n'y a plus de religion autorisée en France en-dehors de la religion catholique. C'est un coup dur pour la minorité protestante, encore assez nombreuse malgré les brimades et les persécutions antérieures.
Pour plus d'informations, tu peux te rendre à l'Office de Tourisme !
- 13 meters of difference in height