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

Coat of arms of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire
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Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire is located in France
Location within Centre-Val de Loire region
Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire is located in Centre-Val de 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-Val de Loire
Department Loiret
Arrondissement Orléans
Canton Sully-sur-Loire
Intercommunality Val d'Or et Forêt
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gilbert Coutellier
Area1 18.27 km2 (7.05 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 2,063
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
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

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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