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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  • A picturesque Church on a cute little place located in the center of Saint married to the sea. A must see!
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  • The view that the roof of the Church offers... access is by a small paid outside stairs. Predict tens of stone stairs to climb... comfortable shoes are recommended. The Interior of the Church is divided into three "sizes", down the small steps you will discover the crypt dedicated to the Black Madonna... surrounded by hundreds of candles giving off a lot of heat. At the top, some smaller and intimate of the Church for the masses off season... And a majestic whole of a remarkable architecture.
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  • This Romanesque church more interest by ceremonies and processions that take place only by its architecture. However, note the high Chapel and the particular device to extract the relics of the Saintes Maries 3.
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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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