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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  • In addition to the symbolic and spiritual reach of beautiful view on the Saints up there! don't hesitate to climb it, really! Inside, visit holy-Sara, in the crypt is a must... That would be the Holy - married without Holy Sara?
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  • Inside the Church is great unfortunately the cost to go up to the terrace to admire the Camargue is totally prohibitive
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  • The restoration of the building is amazing... very joli.et the works found a case worthy of this name
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  • lovely place, full of simplicity, religious heritage is well preserved, it is the soul, it can still be improved.
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  • Breathtaking view. €3.5 input. Not recommended for people suffering from claustrophobia since to climb to the roof take a narrow spiral staircase. From the roof of the church you can seek an exceptional panorama. Recommend to visit for free the crypt.
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  • Nice day!!! Not too crowded. Nice setting! The beach is at the top or too much or not enough people we'll be back!
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  • The best is to climb up to the roof and sit a while. The rest of the day you can walk through the village, but here you have to go up if or if.
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