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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.
The 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.