Photographer's Note

Beaucaire is a commune in the Gard department in Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France. Located on the Rhône River, it sits opposite the town of Tarascon (photographs of which I have already posted), which is in Bouches-du-Rhône department of Provence,.

In Roman times, Beaucaire was sited along the Via Domitia, the first Roman road built in Gaul.

During the Albigensian Crusade, Raymond VI of Toulouse besieged Beaucaire in May 1216. The efforts of Simon de Montfort to relieve the town were repulsed and the city fell after a three-month siege.

At the end of the Hundred Years War in 1453, Charles VII of France declared that Beaucaire would become the site of the Foire de la Madeleine, a commercial fair that would enable the trade of goods from all of the Mediterranean Basin countries to all of France. By the mid seventeenth century, the Fair was the largest commercial fair in the Mediterranean region, exceeding in six days the total volume of trade done in Marseilles in a year. It remained the dominant Mediterranean trade fair until the arrival of the railroad in the mid nineteenth century at which time Napoleon III removed its tax-free status. One result of these years of commercial dominance was the construction of a remarkable number of architecturally significant mansions and palaces by rich merchants of many nationalities.

(Source: Wikipedea)

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