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Coordinates: 45°33′14″N 0°51′30″W / 45.5539°N 0.8583°W / 45.5539; -0.8583Coordinates: 45°33′14″N 0°51′30″W / 45.5539°N 0.8583°W / 45.5539; -0.8583

Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Department Charente-Maritime
Arrondissement Saintes
Canton Cozes
Intercommunality Royan Atlantique
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Yves Pérochain
 • Land1 21.74 km2 (8.39 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 615
 • Population2 density 28/km2 (73/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 17015 / 17120
Elevation 0–55 m (0–180 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.

Arces is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France.



The commune of Arces Dilo was formed in 1977 by the union of the former communes of Arces and Dilo.


  • The eighteenth-century church of Saint-Michel, with a Tuscan vault and a tower in the style of Soufflot. The patron saints of the church are St. Ebbon and St. Michel.
  • The Cross of St. Ebbon
  • The Well of St. Ebbon, formerly believed to be able to cure fevers


(Deilocus "a place dedicated to God")

Dilo owes its origin to a Premonstratensian abbey (the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Dilo) founded in 1132 and enriched by many generous donations. The monks there developed an iron and steel works. During his exile in France to Pontigny, Thomas Becket (called St. Thomas of Canterbury) stayed at Dilo, where he consecrated the church in 1168.

The Chapel of Saint-Cartault, blessed and dedicated to worship in 1692, in the oldest parish church.


  • Odo of Villemaur
  • Aelis Comtesse de Nevers (widow of the Comte de Joigny Renard IV). Buried in the abbey church of Dilo, his tomb is now in the church of Joigny.

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