Around the Abbey
“Since its existence, the Charente has always facilitated commerce.
Today Saintes remains an important trading centre notably thanks to its many markets.”
“Saintes town was built during the 1st century AD during Gallo-Roman times and soon became the capital of the huge Aquitaine province. “
“The “Gabare” is a flat bottomed boat which was used to transport stone, iron, wood and “eau-de-vie” spirits between Saintes and Rochefort”