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    South Romanesque Entrance to Church of Ste. Martha 3 more images

    by hquittner Written Feb 21, 2011

    The church which stands here today was finished in 1197 about the same time as those in Arles and St. Gilles, but the church in Tarascon has bee much rebuilt, even after 1944. The nave was changed to 5 bays with two aisles on each side in the 14C. A fine belfry was added in the 15C and more. The entrance to the church is on the south side and remains Romanesque with sculpted decorations but an unadorned tympanum. The important crypt was built in the 17C.

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    The Tomb of Ste. Martha in Tarascon 1 more image

    by hquittner Written Feb 20, 2011

    The crypt of f the church was only built in the 16C, but the sainte had been worshiped since earlier than the 4C when her body had been located here. In 1653 a marble tomb was created for the church in Genoa and it has stood above her sarcophagus since then in the crypt.

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    View From Top of Castle Across the Rhone 4 more images

    by hquittner Written Feb 20, 2011

    Climb the entire castle starting at the top (the fifth floor). Look out across the Rhone at the Castle at Beaucaire. Then look at the few ancient decorations. These have been added to by old tapestries and modern paintings. such as two uncommon ones by Calder.

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    An Ancient Tarasque

    by hquittner Updated Feb 22, 2011

    With a 4C sarcophagus in Tarascon as its origin and the powerful submission to the Saint by a dragon, the Good King Rene had a fine excuse to create a festival around the Sainte's Day at the end of July. Unfortunately that was not when we visited there, but we saw the presently used dragon at the city hall and a picture of an ancient dragon as well. We had seen other earlier dragons used in parades of yore kept in the Arlaten Museum in Arles, that are worth visiting as well.

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    The Famous Demon (present version)

    by hquittner Updated Feb 21, 2011

    The Festival of the Tarasque is stiil celebrated on July 29 or a nearby day. The center of the action consists of leading the famous demon in a parade through the town.

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