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Saintes-Maries-de-La-Mer: photo, description Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer)

Small provençal town of Sainte-Marie-de-La-Mer, located in the Camargue region, also known as the Mecca of Gypsies from all over Europe. They come here to honor the memory of his patroness Saint Sarah. Every year on 25 may Gypsies organize a solemn procession through the streets of the town, during which they are carrying a statue of St. Sara, and in the final dip her in the sea and dip yourself. It is believed that thanks to Saint Sarah of the Gypsies to Christianity.

According to legend, Sarah was the black servant, who arrived in these places on the boat with Mary Magdalene, Lazarus, mother of St. John the Evangelist Mary Jacob and Mary Salome, a woman who was present at the birth of Jesus Christ. Mary Jacob and Mary Salome and Sarah remained in the town, preached, and after death were declared saints and honored reverence.

The town itself was first mentioned in documents in the IV century, in the VI century it was the monastic possessions, and in the IX century, was attacked by Normans and Arabs. In the middle of the XV century, the town found evidence confirming the stay of the two Marys and Sarah, and this contributed to the emergence of this cult of the virgin Mary, which is attracted to the Saintes-Maries-de-La-Mer many pilgrims.

The city's main temple - the Cathedral of our lady, erected in the XI-XII centuries. It served as a place of attraction for pilgrims. When the cult of the virgin Mary was banned by the revolutionaries, the Church was half destroyed and restored only towards the end of the XIX century.

Once the temple was part of the fortification wall, which preserved a small fragment it is possible to rise through the temple. In the Cathedral were installed all three figures of saints, surrounded by candles and notes of thanks or requests. For St. Sara in a separate niche, she is dressed in accordance with the Gypsy tradition - bright, elegant, brilliant. Gypsies pray to their patroness is also very peculiar: lifting the edges of her full skirts and touching with his head the feet of the statues.

Familiarity with Roma traditions can continue in the Museum Baroncelli. Also in Saintes-Maries-de-La-Mer, you can see bullfights and to combine a beach holiday with other activities - marine and riding.