See also:SAINTES-MARIES, a
See also:village of south-eastern France in the department of Bofiches-du-Rhone, 24 M . S.S.W. of Arles by
See also:rail . Pop . (1906) 544• Saintes-Maries is situated in the plain of the
See also:Camargue, 12 m . E. of the mouth of the
See also:Petit-Rhone . It is the
See also:object of an
See also:ancient and famous pilgrimage due to the tradition that Mary,
See also:sister of the Virgin, and Mary,
See also:mother of
See also:James and
See also:John, together with their black servant Sara,
See also:Lazarus, Martha, Mary Magdalen and St Maximin fled thither to
See also:escape persecution in
See also:Judaea . The
See also:relics of the two Maries, who are said to have been buried at Saintes-Maries, are bestowed in the upper storey of the apse of the fortress-
See also:church, a remarkable
See also:building of the 12th century with crenelated and machicolated walls . Two festivals are held in the
See also:town, a less important one in
See also:October, the other, on the 24th and 25th of May, unique for its gathering of
See also:gipsies who come in large numbers to do
See also:honour to the
See also:tomb of their patroness Sara, contained in the crypt below the apse .
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