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ARS-EN-Ré: photo, description, (Ars-en-Re)

ARS-EN-Ré is a picturesque commune located in the French Poitou - Charentes region, West of the centre of the country. Interestingly, the settlement is not located on mainland France, and on the small island of Ré, with dimensions of 30 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide. He located in the Atlantic ocean and connected to the main part of the country a three-kilometer bridge.

Long time ARS has served as an important trading port, as in the island of Re were a lot of salt ponds. Its strategic importance the town has lost in the beginning of XX century. Since that time, the city has preserved many salt mines and factories of the nineteenth century.

In addition, ARS are a lot of houses, churches, windmills and other monuments since the sixteenth century. The oldest building - the Cathedral of St. Stephen (Saint-étienne). This Romanesque Church was finished in the XII century, but in the XV century it was added a few Gothic elements, including decorations on its main portal and the famous black-and-white steeple. However, remained the Foundation of the previous building, erected in the VI century. The interior of the Church dates back to the XVII century.

Also worth noting is the House of the Seneschal of the XVI century, the tower which is an old medieval staircase. In some areas this house also preserved the authentic atmosphere of the era.

Among the military buildings necessary to note the defensive Fort in 1674 and the remains of field fortifications and gun battery during the Second world war, known as the "Atlantic wall". Also worth a visit is the port district of the town, where the building of the former railway station in 1898.

I wonder what the people of this town call themselves "casserole", which translated from French means "cuttlefish". This clam is the most common in these waters.

The settlement of ARS-EN-Ré part of the Association "Most beautiful villages of France". It is home to just over a thousand people.