Aigues-Mortes - Sarah Woodbury

Aigues-Mortes

Located on the south coast of France, Aigues-Mortes is a fortified city built by the kings of France to be a port on the Mediterranean.

The name Aigues-Mortes comes from Latin and means ‘dead water’ or ‘stagnant water’. Although it was possibly founded as long ago as 102 BC by a Roman general, the first tower was erected in 791 by Charlemagne as protection for the fishermen and salt workers. In 1240, Marseille was controlled by the King of Naples, and King Louis of France was determined to have his own access to the Mediterranean. He built roads and a canal in order to ferry troops to the sea. He launched both the eighth and ninth crusades from Aigues-Mortes.

Still visible today are the 6 towers and walls of the city, encompassing 1640 square meters. Also, King Philippe, King Louis’s grandson imprisoned 45 Templars in the Tower of Constance.

Aigues-Mortes is mentioned in Unbroken in Time and Outcasts in Time in reference to the activities of King Philippe of France.


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