Tarascon, a city of history and legends
Tarascon is a town of Bouches-du-Rhône (13) located along the Rhone at the crossroads between Avignon, the Camargue, and the Luberon. It is always associated with the tales and legends which it was the theater in the years 48 after JC
According to legend, St. Martha of Bethany came to Tarascon where the Tarasque, a terrible amphibian monster, was raging. The saint courageously tames the beast. Since then, many pilgrims visit the royal collegiate Sainte-Marthe built in his honor near the castle of King René.
The castle of King René, built in 1400, and still today exceptionally well preserved. It is one of the most beautiful medieval castles of France. Transformed into prison in the sixteenth century, it was the scene of many bloody events, especially during the French Revolution.
The city inspired other tales, in particular that of Tartarin of Tarascon, famous character created by Alphonse Daudet in 1872. A house is dedicated to him in town, as well as a bronze statue.