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Saintes Maries de la Mer

Seaside resort of Camargue and place of pilgrimage

Les Saintes Maries de la MerLes Saintes Maries de la Mer are both a city, a place of pilgrimage and a seaside resort of Provence, in the Camargue.

The name of Saintes Maries de la Mer is inspired by a legend. The holier-Marie Jacobé, Marie Salome and their maid Sarah, from Palestine, would have landed on the beach before finally settling in the village. At their death, at their tomb, it will raise an oratory and a church. Many miracles are attributed to the holy, fanning popular fervour. Gypsies who settle the Saintes Maries de la Mer to 1496, is voueront about them to Sarah, the "Black Madonna". Therefore, Saintes Maries de la Mer will become a place of pilgrimage privileged people gypsy.

Promenade à chaval dans les manadesThe municipality is very broad, but includes mostly alluvial land and marshes. Agricultural lands are located to the west of the town, along the small-Rhone and marshes to the east where the pond Vaccarès. All around the village of manades offer horseback to discover the Camargue. Les Saintes Maries also feature arena, where races are held Camargue or bullfights.

Since 1960, Saintes Maries de la Mer live mainly from tourism whose development from 1980's wants to be better controlled. However, this development marked by high population growth has been achieved with profound changes, including the disappearance of fishermen and farmers, replaced by traders.


- May 25 and end October for the holy Marie Jacobé and Marie Salome
- May 24 for the patron saint of Gypsies, the "Black Virgin," Sainte Sarah. The statue of Sarah is usually in the crypt of the church, on the right of the altar, but so far there is scope to the seaside, in a procession now famous.

Pictures of Saintes Maries de la Mer

Saintes Maries de la Mer Plage des Saintes Maries de la Mer Les rues des Saintes Maries de la Mer Maison dans le village Rue commerçante Une maison dans les maraisEglise des Saintes Maries de la Mer Sainte Sarah, la Vierge Noire des Saintes Maries de la Mer Ruelle

Arounds Saintes Maries de la Mer

Camargue - Arles - Grau du Roi - Aix en Provence - Aigues Mortes - Tarascon - Salon de Provence - Saint Rémy de Provence

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