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Towers and Ramparts of Aigues-Mortes

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Address: Place Anatole, 30220, Aigues-Mortes, France
Phone Number: 04 66 53 61 55
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The fortified city of Aigues-Mortes was built in the 13th century on the...

The fortified city of Aigues-Mortes was built in the 13th century on the order of Saint Louis to provide the kingdom of France with a port on the Mediterranean. The complex consists of 1,634 metres of ramparts flanked by twenty towers and one of the most splendid keeps in the architectural style of the Middle Ages, the tower of Constance, which was used as a prison for Protestants from the Cévennes region from 1685. Open: > 2nd May to 31st August: from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. > 1st September to 30th April: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Last admission 1 hour before closing time. Ticket office closed from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (from 1st September to 30th April). Closed: > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups

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Towers and Ramparts

Very well preserved medieval fortifications built in the 13th century by Louis IX (Saint Louis) as a fortress city to defend the only port he had to launch his crusades from.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well preserved medieval fortifications built in the 13th century by Louis IX (Saint Louis) as a fortress city to defend the only port he had to launch his crusades from.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the most interesting and well preserved medieval cities I have vistet. So if you are inro history visting Aigues - Mortes is a must.

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Eugene, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

We have been to many castles but none quite this grand or on this scale. It's really more of a walled city than a castle. It is in amazingly good shape considering it was built in the 13th century. Highly recommended

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

The ramparts of the medieval city of Aigues-Mortes were one of the most memorable parts of our visit to southern France. From high atop the walls, you can get a terrific view of both the village inside the walls and the land and waters outside. I especially think older elementary kids would have a great time, as the structure is... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

This small village doesn't have a train station so driving is probably the best option. We went there late Oct ,and ran into the ox running after you festival, Fête-Votive, it was very interesting and not violent. However, without this festival, I would have got bored really soon in this village. A lot of shops and restaurants were closed at... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Aigues Mortes is an easily accessible site (train, bus, car). The central city has lovely restaurants. Choose a cloudy day to walk the ramparts if you visit in summer or else you will feel like you are in the Sahara. Once you enter the ramparts you must walk all the way around them. Terrific views from the ramparts of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

Arrived expecting a ruins of a walled city & castle, but found ourselves in a delightful bustling village enclosed in the ramparts .. Lovely shops and cafes as well as a beautiful old church & pretty streets to wander through. Well worth the visit to the Tower, beautifully preserved and great views from the top!

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Dietzenbach, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

This town, currounded by a wall, is packed with tourists, restaurants, shops, and daily life of the residents.

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Bordon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

There are not many places where you can walk the full circuit of town walls but here you can. There are points of interest at all the towers and great views of the town and the salt pans. Parking is available at several places outside the town walls but you can only access the walls at one point. Great day... More 

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Elgin, Illinois USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

I absolutely loved this town. I actually liked it better than Carcassonne (the quintessential French walled city). It is a real town inside, not a Disneyfied version for tourists.

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