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

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. Plan a Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • The church is the symbol of this beautiful town overlooking the sea. All around there's a network of very characteristic white streets, with a nice market. The church is small, a little bare, but...  more »
  • Fine looking church. Worth a brief look and a 3 euro walk up to the roof but nothing to write home about.  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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