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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Listed under Seaside Towns in Provence-Cote d'Azur, France.

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Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (Saint Marys of the Sea) is a popular southern French resort town, known for its narrow streets, the flat plains which surround it and its link to the bible story. The Saint Marys in the towns name are Magdalene, Salome and Jacobe, the first women to see Jesus’ empty tomb. Cast to sea they arrived in France on this spot with Saint Sarah, also known as Sara the Black, the maid of one of the Marys, an Egyptian princess revered for her knowledge of alms and now patron saint of gypsies. The annual festival of Saint Sarah is a huge Romany pilgrimage. On this day (May the 24th), statues of Sarah are carried into and out of the sea to re-enact her arrival.

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