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    Posted September 21, 2013 by
    Aigues Mortes, France
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    The Battle Of The Nations


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Esmeralda13 photographed The Battle of the Nations' opening ceremony in Aigues-Mortes, France. The Battle of the Nations is an international full contact medieval martial arts tournament held annually in Europe. 'The opening ceremony was dramatic and beautiful with incredible pageantry. The patriotism from all teams was evident. Each country was announced individually and marched onto the fighting field carrying enormous banners and flags and their National anthem would then be played while the team sang along to it. Very moving and inspiring,' she said. Her image was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for December 9, 2013.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    The Battle Of The Nations is an international full contact medieval martial arts tournament held annually in Europe. The competitors wear a complete suit of period accurate armor and fight using metal weapons. All battles are full contact with no staged reenactment and follow a standardized list of rules. In May of 2013 it was held in the medieval walled city of Aigues Mortes, France, and 22 teams from around the world competed. This photograph is from the Opening Ceremonies and shows the Armored Combat League -Team USA in the foreground.

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