Paroisse Saintes Maries de la Mer, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

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Paroisse Saintes Maries de la Mer 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 Paroisse Saintes Maries de la Mer and other attractions to your Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer vacation plans.
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  • To visit absolutely! The place is charged with history, information, relics. Believing or not worth the trip. Go up to the Dungeon a great view awaits you on the Saintes Maries.
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  • After Rome, difficult to be impartial. A simple Church. With explanations for the different dates of pilgrimages.
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  • Must see: Interior (for the very special atmosphere of this church dedicated to the newlyweds Stes, place of pilgrimage of the Gypsies) and outside (take the time to climb to the roof for € 3 in order to have the wonderful view on the sea and the Camargue and admire closely its steeple 'wall')
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  • Very nice
  • Good experience, go up on the roof you can enjoy great views
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  • A unusual fortified church where it is possible to fit a tight spiral staircase, this is worth a visit because the view is magnificent
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  • View on the roof of the Church. See
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  • Beautiful visit, exotic
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