"August 19, 2004"
"The port where the crusade sailed off"
Aigues-Mortes was first built by a French king in middle centuries. Due to its special location (facing the sea but very difficult to be attacked from sea), Aigues-Mortes became one of most famous ports in its age. Even the crusade sailed off from this port.
But a few centuries later, the sea retreated and land appearred. Thus, Aigues-Mortes was no longer able to function as a port and became a small village eventually.