Festival of Saint Louis
Les Fêtes de la Saint Louis
Aigues-Mortes (Languedoc-Roussillon region)
Actions and emotions to celebrate King St. Louis and his court between valiant knights, noble horsemen, peasants, lepers, and acrobats, the feast of Saint Louis will be enriched by spectacular knights' torunaments and jousting at the epic rhythm of the 13th century...
Geographical, cultural and historical context
Aigues-Mortes commune is situated in the Gard department in southern France. Founded around 102 BC, the city and port was rebuilt in the 13th century by Louis IX of France, known commonly as Saint Louis and often considered the model of the ideal Christian monarch. At that time Aigues-Mortes was France's only Mediterranean port, and it served as the embarkation point of the Seventh and the Eighth Crusades.
Event description and programme
The annual festival at Aigues-Mortes is dedicated to Saint Louis and features various aspects of the life of the 13th century, represented by reenactors. The event is traditionally opened by a historical parade with delivery of the Keys of the city to the King. The visitors meet medieval citizens along the streets, as well as the King, the Queen and her ladies of honour and crusaders. Flag wavers, musicians and dancers, acrobats and jugglers present their shows. The life of the soldiers is represented at the medieval encampment, and archery contests, various displays and activities involve the public of all ages.
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Info & Contact
L'Association La Médiévale d'Aigues-Mortes
Address: Aigues-Mortes commune, Gard department, France
Aigues-Mortes Town Council / Mairie d'Aigues-Mortes
Address: Place Saint-Louis BP 23, 30220 Aigues-Mortes, France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 66739090 | Fax: +33 (0)4 66538609
Aigues-Mortes Tourism Office / l’Office de Tourisme d’Aigues-Mortes
Address: Place Saint Louis, Aigues-Mortes, France
Tel.: +33 (0)4 66537300
Sete Tourism Office / Office de Tourisme de Sète
Image: La Médiévale d'Aigues-Mortes
Text sources: La Médiévale d'Aigues-Mortes
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