Saint Genis de Saintonge on the road again!!

In my road warrior ways of my belle France,I have come to meet many small towns that really makes France, the best, In one of my favorite regions of France, let me bring out more visible these lovely towns that were hidden in bigger older posts in my blog ; hope you enjoy them as I.

The town of Saint-Genis-de-Saintonge is located in the Charente-Maritime department 17 of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, in the former province of Saintonge (monarchy). The town belongs to the Atlantic South, at the heart of the Atlantic Arc, it can be linked to two large geographic areas, the French Great West and the French Great Southwest. The town is crossed by the D 137 (former N.137 Bordeaux-Saint-Malo) on which we drove.

The name of Saint-Genis-de-Saintonge comes from Sanctus Genesius, archbishop of Lyon in the 7C, whose feast is celebrated on August 25. The main festival of the town is still fixed around this date. The village was then located not far from the old Roman road leading from Pons to Blaye and later along the busy road to Santiago de Compostela (Spain) , On August 26, 1893, Saint-Genis took the name of Saint-Genis-de-Saintonge.

A bit of history I like tell us that the priory of Saint-Genis, at the origin of the village depended on the priory of Saint-Eutrope de Saintes itself dependent on the abbey of Cluny. It was created between 1230 and 1260. The Antonine Commandery of Saint-Genis was a 13C commandery of the Hospitaller Order of Saint-Antoine. It depended on that of Boutiers founded around 1095, a commandery of which nothing remains apparent because it was destroyed by Protestant soldiers around 1565. Another interesting fact me think is that old Saint-Genis had three fairgrounds and each had a specific destination, one for the oxen, a second for the sheep and a third for the pigs. In 1931, it was definitively transformed into a village hall.

The main thing to see here and we did briefly was the Notre-Dame-of the Immaculate Conception Church. The church built in the 19C of Neo-Gothic style, This new church, built in the shape of a Latin cross with the bell tower in front of the nave and whose base makes porch and ends with an elegant spire. Its construction began around 1864 and was completed in 1868. The location of the church was moved, in fact it is built further back from the national road than the original place of worship.

Saint Genis de Saintonge ch st Genis de Saintonge D137 aug16

The city of St Genis de Saintonge on its heritage

The Haute Saintonge tourist office on contact info for St Genis de Saintogne

A wonderful nice ride into off the beaten paths of my belle France, always exciting and great for the soul, Saint Genis de Saintonge is another nice memorable spot in our travel map of our world, Hope you enjoy the ride on the pretty D137 road in the Charente Maritime dept 17,

And remember, happy travels, good health ,and many cheers to all !!!

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