Photographer's Note

March 22, 2009
Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer 130096 13460
Bouches-du-Rhône Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
43.451 4.429 2 m

The bench and church, Notre-Dame de la Mer church, Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer. (9 images).

One sight. Interior.
Auther sight. SAINTE-SARAH.

Romanesque strengthened church Notre-Dame de la mer of XIe and XIIe centuries, restored with XVIIIe and beginning of the XXe centuries.
It is true fortress of 15 m high, with crenellation, machicolation, loopholes, chorus and apse in keep, fresh water well.
It was built to defend and protect the population against the invasions. It probably succeeded a primitive church of the Life century.

It now protects the statue of SAINTE-SARAH, or Sainte-Sara, the black virgin, patron saint and reason for pilgrimages of the Gipsies since 1838 every 25 May.

Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer is a french commune, located in the department of the Bouches-du-Rhône of the area Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, populated of 2478 Saintois in 1999, distributed out of 373 km², that is to say 7 hab./km².

It is the second commune most extended of France after Arles.
The Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer are located at the south of France, in the Camargue, island of 85000 hectares between the arms of the Rhone, including lands, marshes and the pond of Vaccarès.

The activities of the commune are primarily agriculture, breeding of horses and bulls camarguais, and tourism.
The Camargue is rich of a important savages fauna and flora. Let us quote the coypus, the flamingos, the salicorne, the tamaris.

My images of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.

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