I den smukke by helt ude for enden af Camargue'en Les saintes Maries de la Mer siges
The three saints Mary Magdalene, Mary Salome and Mary Jacobe, whose relics are the focus of the devotions of pilgrims, are believed to be the women who were the first witnesses to the empty tomb at the resurrection of Jesus. After the Crucifixion of Jesus, Mary Salome, Mary Jacobe, and Mary Magdalene set sail from Alexandria, Egypt with their uncle Joseph of Arimathea. According to a longstanding French legend, they either sailed to or were cast adrift - either way they arrived off the coast of what is now France, at "a sort of fortress named Oppidum-Râ". The location was known as Notre-Dame-de-Ratis (Râ becoming Ratis, or boat) (Droit, 1963, 19); the name was later changed to Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer, and then in 1838 to Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
The town is a pilgrimage destination for Roma (Gypsies), who gather yearly in the town for a religious festival in honor of Saint Sarah. Dark-skinned Saint Sara is said to have possibly been the Egyptian servant of the three Marys.
Jeg synes, historien er så spændende...men selve byen er et meget søgt turiststed....uha..
de sædvanlige restauranter fylde næsten hele gaden.
her ses kirken forenden af gaden, på torvet omkring den tiggede adskillige zigøjnerkvinder...eller romaer, skulle man vel sige.
Her måtte jeg stoppe og ha' en is i varmen.
svømmeundervisning på flere sprog...