Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée is a single, straight, unadorned nave 15 m (50 ft) high. The church once held an important strategic position--it towers over the village and is visible from as far as 10 km (6.2 mi). The roof of the church served as a watchtower, and is surrounded by a rampart walk with battlements and machicolations. The choir and the apse are topped by a semicircular keep housing the former guards’ room, known as the upper chapel. The church was a refuge for the inhabitants of the city, and there was even a fresh-water well inside. To the right of the altar, in the crypt, you can see a statue of St. Sara, a major figure of the Roma (or gypsy) cultural tradition. Don't miss a pagan altar dating from the fourth century BCE. Use our Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer tour planner to add Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée and other attractions to your Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer vacation plans.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Great Church visited with small children. We went down into the crypt to see Ste Sara Patron Saint of Gypsies or very hot with all these candles. And visit of the ramparts above the Church beautiful panorama attention paid.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The Interior of the Church is very simple, yet addictive. The Church is filled with graces and request for pardons. Fascinating history of Marie. Church once used as a refuge from enemy attacks (within the church there is also a well). Going up on the roof, you can enjoy a terrific show. The Camargue!
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  • August 17, 2017
    beautiful church with a beautiful story. The Black Madonna's worth a visit. Visit the rooftop is to do
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  • June 16, 2015
    Interesting area to visit with colourful boutiques and places to relax
  • December 17, 2015
    Very interesting!
  • August 11, 2017
    Entering the Church definitely curious in many ways shows the simplicity of how everything is exposed. It all seems a bit provincial. Nice view if you climb on. How interesting to learn about the history of the black madonna
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  • June 22, 2017
    To see both on and off the roof where you can take a tour and enjoy the scenery
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  • August 30, 2017
    Pilgrimage of the Sinti and Roma/worth seeing
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