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View over the Loire
View over the Loire
Coat of arms of Candes-Saint-Martin
Coat of arms
Candes-Saint-Martin is located in France
Country France
Region Centre-Val de Loire
Department Indre-et-Loire
Arrondissement Chinon
Canton Chinon
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Lise Couëdy-Gruet
Area1 5.77 km2 (2.23 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 222
 • Density 38/km2 (100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 37042 / 37500
Elevation 27–101 m (89–331 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Candes-Saint-Martin (Latin: Candia Sanctus Martinus) is a commune in the Indre-et-Loire department in central France. It overlooks the confluence of the Vienne and Loire rivers from a steep hill on the left bank of the Loire, and marks the boundary between the modern departments of Indre-et-Loire to the east, and Maine-et-Loire to the West.


The name Candes is thought to derive from a Gallic word for confluence, and is found in several other similarly sited towns in the region; the termination Saint-Martin was formally added in 1949, although it had been in common usage for many years. Evidence of Gallo-Roman occupation was found in 19th century excavations, particularly in the grounds of the Bishop's Palace which crowns the hill.

The village takes its name - and its main claim to fame- from the magnificent church which has succeeded the 4th century monastery where St Martin, Bishop of Tours and 'Apostle to the Gauls', died in 397.


See also


  • INSEE commune file

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