|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (December 2008)|
|Intercommunality||Ile de Ré|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Gisèle Vergnon|
|• Land1||9.84 km2 (3.80 sq mi)|
|• Population2 Density||320/km2 (820/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||17360 / 17740|
|Elevation||0–17 m (0–56 ft)
(avg. 8 m or 26 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.
The coastal part is bordered by beaches and small cliffs.
Sainte-Marie (as a word) was first used as a designation for a Parish Church in the late 12th century. The village centered around grape farming for over a millennium and maintains a strong rural identity. The commune was officially begun in 1790.
- Inhabitants of Sainte-Marie-de-Ré: Maritais.
- Inhabitants of La Noue: Nouais.
- Agriculture: grape vineyards, asparagus, potatoes.
- Thalassotherapy: The thalassotherapy center on the waterfront of the south-eastern edge of Sainte-Marie was expanded in 2004.
- Computer information technology.
- The Parish church, Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption at Sainte-Marie de Ré whose existence was first recorded in the late 12th century. In 1467 the church was fortified and a moat surrounding the church was dug.
- The Saint Sauveur Chapel at La Noue.
- A Monument to the Dead.
- A monument by sculptor Mélanie Quentin called "La Connaissance" which was installed in 2006.
- The Magayant house, a fishing museum.
The commune is twinned with:
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