Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire

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Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire
Abbey
Abbey
Coat of arms of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire
Coat of arms
Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire is located in France
Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire
Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire
Coordinates: 47°48′37″N 2°18′24″E / 47.8103°N 2.3067°E / 47.8103; 2.3067Coordinates: 47°48′37″N 2°18′24″E / 47.8103°N 2.3067°E / 47.8103; 2.3067
Country France
Region Centre
Department Loiret
Arrondissement Orléans
Canton Ouzouer-sur-Loire
Intercommunality Val d'Or et Forêt
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gilbert Coutellier
Area
 • Land1 18.27 km2 (7.05 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 • Population2 1,876
 • Population2 density 100/km2 (270/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 45270 / 45730
Elevation 105–115 m (344–377 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.
Saint Benedict Abbey

Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire is a commune in the Loiret department in north-central France.

This town hosts the Abbaye de Fleury, also known as the Abbaye de Saint Benoît (Saint Benedict Abbey). Founded around 630, it is one of the oldest abbeys of the Benedictine rule. In 660, the remains of Saint Benedict of Nursia were transferred to Saint Benoît from Monte Cassino.

The monastery, known for the Fleury Playbook, was pillaged and damaged multiple times over the course of history, including during the Norman conquests and the French Revolution. The current abbey church is in the Romanesque style and dates from the eleventh century. A community of approximately 40 monks currently resides in the monastery.

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