The Pilgrimage of the Saintes

Pilgrimages have taken place in the Saintes since the 12th century.

The relics of the Saints were found in 1448 during the excavations ordered by King René; they are worshipped during two pilgrimages:

- the best-known pilgrimage occurs on 24th and 25th May each year, with the participation of the gypsies. The 25th May is dedicated to Saint Mary of Jacob and Saint Mary Salome, taken in procession to the sea. They are carried by the gypsies, surrounded by the believers, the Arlesiennes, the gardians wearing the traditional costume, and the pilgrims, who comes from all over the world. They are, then, blessed by the bishop.

Different masses and services are celebrated in the Church;

- the second pilgrimage occurs on the third or fourth Sunday of October; only local people participate and, thus, it does not have the same magnitude.