Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

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Notre Dame de la Mer - Église fortifiée 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. Find out how to plan Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • Nice little church in the center of Saintes-Maries-de la Mer. On a sunny and not too windy day, it's a good idea to climb to the rooftop (small entrance fee required) , from where you 'll have great.....  more
    Nice little church in the center of Saintes-Maries-de la Mer. On a sunny and not too windy day, it's a good idea to climb to the rooftop (small entrance fee required) , from where you 'll have great.....  more »
  • A lovely little church located centrally among market streets, with an interesting history inside and a crypt below with the Black Sara, a patron of the gypsies. There were quite a lot of people... 
    A lovely little church located centrally among market streets, with an interesting history inside and a crypt below with the Black Sara, a patron of the gypsies. There were quite a lot of people...  more »
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  • The church was completed in the 12th century in its present appearance. A nice quiet place of silence.
  • Nice place, at least the roof!

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