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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.
Written Feb 21, 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.
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.
Written Feb 20, 2011
The entrance to the Castle is through a finely carved doorway with a two story gable top. To the north beyond the main square is an extension with an interior garden. Above this at the fifth level is a finely sculpted large triple window for the chapel. The entire square is five stories tall. Two corners are squared and two are rounded indicating that it was still considered a defensive fort.
Written Feb 19, 2011
There is a monumental castle on the shore of the Rhone River just 10 miles up the river from Arles, which was rescued from being a prison in 1926. The structure was enlarged into the 15C. It is primarily an empty large structure, since 1926 there are continuous improvements to its interior fixtures. But without these improvements, this is a fine example of a what an old castle looks like. First examine the outside
Updated Feb 19, 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.
Updated Feb 22, 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.
Updated Feb 21, 2011