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Saint-Palais-de-Négrignac is a French commune in the département of Charente-Maritime, region Poitou-Charente. It lies 5.5 kilometres north of the cantonal town of Montlieu-la-Garde.

With a population of 365 at the 2006 census, it covers an area of 18.51 square kilometres, giving a population density of 20 inhabitants per square kilometre. It varies in altitude from 53 metres above sea level to a maximum of 141.

At the time of the Revolution, the commune bore the name of Négrignac-Lary.

The parish church of Saint Palais is located in the middle of the village. A former priory dependent on the Abbey of Romain-de-Blaye, it suffered much devastation during the Wars Of Religion. Little now remains of the original 12th century building, which was almost totally reconstructed during the 15th and 16th centuries.

A detailed review of the architecture of the church in French can be accessed on the Eglises-en-Charente-Maritime web site by clicking here. The site also has some photographs of the church, inside and out.

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