The Church of Sainte-Eulalie, in Benet
|Coordinates: 46°22′06″N 0°35′46″W / 46.3683°N 0.5961°WCoordinates: 46°22′06″N 0°35′46″W / 46.3683°N 0.5961°W|
|Region||Pays de la Loire|
|• Mayor||Daniel David|
|Area1||50.01 km2 (19.31 sq mi)|
|• Density||72/km2 (190/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|INSEE/Postal code||85020 / 85490|
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 former communes of Lesson, Sainte-Christine and Aziré were joined to the commune of Benet in 1973.
The diversity of the landscapes, the limestone plain, along with the marshes of Sainte-Christine, Aziré and Nessier, make this commune a varied place, rich of its differences.
The Vrizon is the underground river that goes through the commune.
Benet is located close to the A83 and A10 motorways, connecting the commune to some major cities, as Nantes (130 km or 81 mi), Poitiers (98 km or 61 mi), Bordeaux (193 km or 120 mi), or Paris (428 km or 266 mi). Benet is also situated 64 km (40 mi) from the tourist city of La Rochelle.
- Benet was formerly named Benet-les-Noyers.
- Former seat of a canton until 1801-1802, Benet has ultimately integrated the Canton of Maillezais.
- The communes of Lesson, Aziré and Sainte-Christine merged with the commune of Benet in 1973.
List of Mayors
|March 2001 - March 2008||Daniel DAVID||Socialist Party|
|March 2008 -||Daniel DAVID||Socialist Party|
The Sainte-Eulalie Church, on the historical register, constitutes an unmissable stage in the tour of the Romance Churches and Abbeys of the region.
A few kilometres away, it is possible to visit the historic site of the Maillezais Cathedral.
- Each first Sunday of July, the "Fête du Préfou" is organized in the harbor of Aziré.
- In November, is organized the traditional "Foire aux alouettes" (Lark Fair).
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