AIGUES MORTES, FRANCE


The foundation of the city is attributed to Gaius Marius, around 102 BC, but the first document mentioning a place called "Ayga Mortas" (loosely translated meaning dead waters) dates from the 10th century AD. A more literal translation would be 'shrill death'). The Constance Tower, completed in 1248, is all that remains of the castle built in Louis IX's reign. It was designed to be impregnable with six-meter-thick walls. It later became a cornerstone of the Spanish inquisition when the Tower served as a prison for so called deviants. Today it is still a working city.
    

The harbour, with the Tower of Constance in the background.
       

A very nice gentleman from Holland helped us dock the boat. We invited him to have a drink with us. That's me heading out to join him and Cyn.
   

The harbour of Aigues Mortes.
  

A view of the 13th century walled city from our boat.
   

More walls.
    

That evening, we walked to the city. This was a view of the walls that we saw along the way.
        

The entrance to the city. Just wide enough to get one compact car through at a time.

     

The square in the middle of the city. The statue is of Saint-Louis (King Louis IX), the cities founder .

 

Comfy quarters - Cyn settled down for the night.





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