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Aigues-Mortes

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Ramparts of the Town of Aigues-Mortes, one of the Municipalities of Languedoc.

Aigues-Mortes is a city and commune in the Gard départment, in southern France. Population (1999) : 6,084.

History

The foundation of the city is attributed to Marius Caius, around 102 BC, but the first document mentioning a place called "Ayga Mortas" (dead waters) dates from the 10th century.

Louis IX of France (Saint Louis) rebuilt the port in the 13th century. It was the embarkation point of the Seventh and the Eighth crusades.

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Sights

It is famous for the well-preserved city walls surrounding the city.

Geography

Aigues-Mortes is located in the Petite Camargue.

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