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Tour Sainte-Renelde in Saintes

Tour Sainte-Renelde in Saintes

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Tour Sainte-Renelde in Saintes

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This procession, which has been classified as "Immaterial heritage of the French Community, is made up exclusively of horsemen (even the musicians are on horseback). To honour Saint Renelde, the patron saint of the village,150 to 200 riders do the rounds!

After an early morning mass, the Grand Tour with its musicians, all riding horses, leaves at 7:30 for a 30 km jaunt encompassing the neighbouring towns, before returning to Saintes to escort the chariot to church.


Saturday and Sunday, festivities in Saintes.

Saturday: 7:00 p.m the relics of St. Renelde are mounted on the chariot;

Sunday at 7: a.m. the Grand Tour takes off – to return at about 5:00 p.m. accompanied by a children's procession and historical characters of the St. Renelde procession (200th outing).

Saturday evening: solemn homage in the St. Renelde church, when the relics are mounted on the chariot.

Departure of the chariot Sunday morning for a 28 km round of the old Saintes parish. The solemn return to the church is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Monday morning: small procession around the church The procession always takes place on the Sunday after Pentecost.


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  • Types of event
    • Entertainment, festivity
      • Village fete and fair
    • Fair
    • Folklore and tradition, military, religious
      • Religious event
      • Pilgrimage and procession
  • Intangible heritage of French Community
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