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Towers and Ramparts of Aigues-Mortes
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Owner description: 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
Reviewed April 2, 2013 via mobile

Visited Aigue Mortes when in the Camargues national reserve area. It's well preserved, nice to walk around. There was alot of traffic around outside when we were there as it was Easter weekend but there was plenty of parking and once you get into the castle it's not too busy. Definitely worth visiting if you're in this area

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Aigues Mortes was founded in 1240 by king Louis IX of France and became the first French port by the Mediterranean Sea. Its glory was short lived however because sand continuously impeded and finally obstructed ship traffic.

Present day visitors of Aigues Mortes can admire almost intact medieval defenses, consisting of the Tour de Constance and the town walls. Exploration of this cultural heritage is facilitated by either a leaflet, a guidebook or an audioguide – depending on your level of interest.

The tour kicks off at the Tour de Constance, completed in 1248 and sole remnant of the castle of Louis IX. The tower consists of an underground prison (inaccessible), a lower room, an upper room and a terrace with lighthouse (the latter also inaccessible).

The lower room is a superb example of military architecture : Just below its ceiling the architect has provided a circular walkway into the thickness of the walls with arrow slits facing the interior. That way guards could repell attackers who had managed to enter the tower.

The upper room boasts prisoner graffiti, dated thirteenth to eighteenth century.

The terrace offers nice views of the town.

The town walls were built between 1272 and the end of the thirteenth century. They make up an irregular quadrangle with 5 large gates, 5 small gates, 2 flanking towers and 3 corner towers (the Tour de Constance protecting the north side).

The ramparts are in excellent condition, missing only their projecting wooden galleries and roofs. Visitors can walk their entire length.

A number of gates and towers are accessible. Inside information panels tell the history of Aigues Mortes. The top platforms can be scaled.

I read that the entire tour can be completed in an hour but people with a genuine interest in history should schedule at least half a day.

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About 3,5 km from Aigues Mortes you can still observe the Tour Carbonnière (late thirteenth century). This tower protected the landward access of the town, being built across the only road leading through the marshes.

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Reviewed March 5, 2013

I can't think of another town in Europe where you can walk right round the walls with so little built up outside them. It looks superb from the outside and the walk round the ramparts is fascinating, punctuated by good displays and a short film.
And on the Sunday we went round, it was free!

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Reviewed January 31, 2013

It's sleepy in the winter but you can imagine a more rambunctious time for this sea marsh hamlet in its heydey. The walking tour and views atop the ramparts are a treat. To layer on its history makes it doubly interesting. The crusades and St. Louis, regional politics, religious persecution, medieval warfare fortification strategy -- its all here. The pamphlet was helpful is reinforcing the storyboards along the ramparts. A portal into a different time.

Skip the bathroom facilities at the ramparts facility. Horrid.

Thank Naviguesstrix
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Walking around the ramparts which go all the way around the walled city is very interesting. They lead to the Tower of Constantine where you can go to the top for beautiful views of the town of Aigues-Mortes and the area around the city. They give you a pamphlet that explains where you are and details about it.
Worth the walk!

Thank klp330
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