Aigues Mortes, la cité


Aigues Mortes, la cité

  • Aigues Mortes
  • Place Saint Louis
  • Aigues Mortes Tour Constance
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  • Aigues Mortes Rue Remparts
  • Ville d'Aigues-Mortes
  • Aigues Mortes Porte de la Gardette
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The city of Saint-Louis

Six kilometers from the sea, the harbor of Eaux-Mortes was frequented in the 12th century by commercial ships which sailed up to Saint Gilles.
The privileges granted by the king encourage the populations to settle on these ungrateful lands. From 1241, the tax of one penny per pound of goods that transits made the fortune of the port and the "new town".
The money is used to pay for the enclosure completed in 1300 during the reign of Philippe le Hardi.
The city prospered but suffered from the attachment of Marseille to the kingdom in 1481 and the piercing of the Grau du Roi channel was not enough to halt the decline of the salt capital.
The current port, at the foot of the ramparts, dates from the 19th century.
Medieval town in the heart of the Camargue, Aigues-Mortes is today with its pedestrian streets, its charming chapels and its many activities a very pleasant stage on the Canal du Rhône à Sète.

Saint Louis: The last crusade.In 1248, it was at Aigues-Mortes that Louis IX, or Saint-Louis, sailed for the first time with 40,000 cruisers bound for the Levant.
It is the seventh crusade of a king of France. In 1270, Saint-Louis embarked again for the Holy Land with his three sons, an army of 60,000 men and a fleet of 1,800 ships !!!
He died in Tunis on August 25, 1270, victim of dysentery.

Guided tour by reservation of: the Chapel of the White Penitents with a fresco by Xavier Cigalon and the "Cycle of the Virgin" painted by A. Barthélémy Glaize, the Chapel of the Gray Penitents housing a 17th century altarpiece, the Church of Our Lady of Sablons from the 13th century containing contemporary stained glass windows from Viallat, and Place St Louis.

Visit in high season: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:30 am to 12 noon by reservation at the Tourist Office.

Chapel of the Gray Penitents open to the public and free access every day from 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. in season
Chapel of the White Penitents open to the public and free access from June to September every day from 2 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.



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