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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  • We were there at the Gypsy festival. It was well worth the visit to experience the exciting and colorful atmosphere of a Gypsy carnival. The church itself is a fortified building with interesting pain...  more »
  • The walk on the roof of the church is great fun, especially with a strong mistral blowing. The statue of Sarah-la-Kali in the crypt and the cabinet with ex-voto's added local flavour to the church. A ...  more »
  • We were here for the big Gypsy festival on May 24th and the church was really crowded with pilgrims. Be sure you to under the alter to see Saint Sarah, the patron saint of the Gypsies! Or better yet, ...  more »
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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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