Diagram: The Urban Area
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Fountain in the Place Marcou
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Grocer's shop front
The inhabitants of the city made up a particular, isolated group, the citizens. "If someone asks me where I come from, I reply...from the city". Living on the inside of the ramparts, they developed a sense of collective identity, a spirit of communal solidarity. For them, the city was a village. Up to the first half of the XXth Century the place retained an agricultural, countrified way of life. A convent had been established there and the nuns, herbalists and volunteer nurses, were very much part of the community. For a long time the main characteristic of life in the village was to remain poverty, "We were the poorest of the poor".
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The big well

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 The Urban Area
 Boundaries and Territories
 Beyond the Ramparts
 Life around the Gates
 The Walled City
 The City's Castles
  Saint-Nazaire Tower with figures
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