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Arles in Bouches-du-Rhône Département, Languedoc-Roussillon, France — Southeast Coast (Mediterranean Sea)
 

Tour des Mourgues

Tower of the Nuns

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2012
1. Tour des Mourgues Marker
Captions: Arles, XIIe-VIII siècle. (top, left); Restitution de l’angle Sud-Est de remparts a l’epoque romaine. (bottom, left); Plan de l’angle Sud-Est de remparts au Moyen-Age. 1. Chapelle Saint-Jean-de-Moustiers, 2. Eglise Saint-Blaise, 3. Tour des Mourgues. (bottom, right).
Inscription. Le mur d’enceinte médiéval de la cité reprend, à l’angle Sud-Est le tracé de rempart antique. La Tour des Mourgues fut d’abord une grande tour cylindrique de 6 mètres de haut qui renforçait cette partie de la ville romaine. Le mot provençal “Mourgues” signifie “nonne”. En effet au dessus de la tour se trouvait l’abbaye Saint-Césaire fondée au Vie siècle. A la fin du Moyen-Age (XIVe siècle), la structure romaine a été enveloppée par une chemise extérieure polygonale en moyen appareil régulier avec une base en glascis (forme évasée vers la bas).

(Translation by Google Translate with modifications:)
Tower Morgues
The medieval walls of the city shall, upon the south-eastern corner of the layout of the ancient rampart. Tower of Mourgues, originally a large cylindrical tower six meters high, reinforced this part of the Roman city.

The Provençal word "Mourgues" means "nun". Indeed the top of the tower was the abbey of Saint-Césaire founded in the sixth century.

At the end of the Middle Ages (fourteenth century), Roman structure was enveloped by an outer casing using unit regular polygon with a base glascis flared down).

Captions: Arles, XIIe-VIII siècle. (top, left); Restitution de l’angle Sud-Est de remparts a l’epoque romaine. (bottom, left); Plan de l’angle Sud-Est de remparts au Moyen-Age.

Tour des Morgues Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2012
2. Tour des Morgues Marker
1. Chapelle Saint-Jean-de-Moustiers, 2. Eglise Saint-Blaise, 3. Tour des Mourgues. (bottom, right).
 
Location. 43° 40.523′ N, 4° 37.945′ E. Marker is in Arles, Languedoc-Roussillon, in Bouches-du-Rhône Département. Marker is at the intersection of Boulevard Emile Combes and Montee Vauban on Boulevard Emile Combes. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Arles, Languedoc-Roussillon 13200, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. Le Forum Romain et Les Cryptoportiques (approx. half a kilometer away).
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Tour des Morgues image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2012
3. Tour des Morgues
Tour des Morgues image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 11, 2012
4. Tour des Morgues
 
 
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