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Aigues-mortes is a French city, in the departement of Gard, in the south of France.

It is famous for the well-preserved city walls surrounding the city.


The foundation of the city is attributed to Marius Caius[?], around 102 BC, but the first document mentioning a place called "Ayga Mortas" (dead waters) dates from the 10th century.

Louis IX of France (Saint Louis) launched the 7th and the 8th crusades from Aigues-Mortes.

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