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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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  • Really nice church! You can visit the top of the church and it is very cheap! You can get the tickets at the entry before you go up the stairs.(make sure not to go too late in the evening because it gets quite crowded, on the other hand you will be able to see a beautiful sun set so it's for you to decide.) Once arrived at the top you can enjoy a stunning view over the town! Make sure you bring your camera :). Once you finished the roof tour you can go back down and enjoy the inside of the church. The entry for the inside of the church is free and very nice too but make sure you don't go when they are having a ceremony.
  • beautiful view on top of the church. you can climb the roof even! it’s a nice viewpoint in saint maries de la mer

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