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Beaucaire is a city of southern France, in the Gard département.

It is located by the Rhone River, opposite of the city of Tarascon.

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

Lors de la croisade contre les Albigeois, le comte Raymond le jeune, assiège le château tenu par une garnison de croisés. Il en sort vainqueur.

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

It was the site of medieval fairs. It has a medieval castle.

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