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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  • famous and beautiful church that dominates all the houses in the village, visit the Interior and even the top from where you have a view to 380 degrees on the Camargue ...
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  • Beautiful church, interesting when the herdsmen come on pilgrimage, beautiful folklore. It is the emblem of the Saintes Maries of the sea.
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  • Tells the story that three relatives of Jesus would have come to this beach of the Camargue region, in Provence, and, from there, preached in the name of Christianity. Would Mary Salome, Mary Jacobeus and Mary Magdalene. There also reached Santa Sara, patron saint of the Roma. The Church erected in honor of them is beautiful, warm and it has pictures that tell the whole story
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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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