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The church of Sainte-Radegonde in the village of the same name.

The church probably dates from the eleventh century. The columns in the north wall are Romanesque whilst the south wall is clearly Gothic and dates from the thirteenth century. The porch and tower were constructed in the the nineteenth century to replace a simple pediment and wall, above which two bells were hung. There are the remains of an arch and vaults from the thirteenth century. Inside the church, there is a window depicting Sainte-Radegonde, wife of Clotaire I.

The village of Sainte-Radegonde is in the commune of Baignes-Sainte-Radegonde, which was formed in 1865 from the merger of Sainte-Radegonde and the now larger village of Baignes. The area has a long history dating back until at least Roman times when there was a settlement known as Cathmeriacum. It lay on the Roman road that linked Saintes to Bordeaux.

Quite an extensive article about the geography and history of Baignes-Sainte-Radegonde can be found on the French wikipedea site here:. It is written, of course, in French.

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