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A view of the main street in Candes-Saint-Martin, depicting some of the fine architecture to be admired.

Candes-Saint-Martinis a French commune in the Indre et Loire département. It stands at the confluence of the Loire and Vienne rivers, 40 kilometres to the west of Tours. The village is situated at the extreme edge of the département, just one kilometre from the Maine et Loire département. With a population of just over 200, its inhabitants are known as Candais(e)s.

Until 1949, the commune was known simply as Candes, The suffix was added to denote the village's association with Saint Martin of Tours who died there in the year 397. He was originally buried in the village church, which he had had built there. His tomb became a place of pilgrimage being visited by amongst others by Saint Clotilde, Saint Radegonde, Philippe Augustus, Henri II of England, Charles VII of France and Louis XI of France. His remains were later removed to Tours.

Besides the existing church, which dates from the 12th century, there are a number of fine medieval buildings to be admired. The village is classified as one of the finest villages in France.

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