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  • Meunerie hydraulique de Barbegal - Heritage

    Built heritage - Mill
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    The remains of this imposing testimony to ancient engineering were identified and excavated by Fernand Benoît in the immediate post-war period. Until then, they had been interpreted as either a retention pond, part of the hydraulic network taking water from the Alpilles to Arles, or as a fulling mill.

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  • Tourvieille and towers of Camargue - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Tower - Belfry - Bell-tower
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    The Towers of Camargue, little of which remains on the ground, are nevertheless still present in the toponymy of the delta and in written sources. They were subject to the many fluctuations of the branches of the Rhône and their history also testifies to a range of different functions. The towers were originally defensive, and also acted as lighthouses for sailors, as visual communication aids ('farots'), and as a commercial surveillance post.

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  • Autel de la Patrie - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Miscellaneous monuments
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    This altar was erected in 1794 by the people of Fontvieille, to symbolise their allegiance to their homeland. Men and women came in two different processions and left sprays of flowers and ears of wheat to demonstrate their fidelity. Located a few metres south of Daudet's Mill, it was knocked down to the bottom of the hill and then put back in place in 1935. It is an 80 cm wide cubic block, with a shallow square hollow on top. There is no décor or inscription on the stone.

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  • The Ecorchoir Tower - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Tower - Belfry - Bell-tower
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    Date: 1372 Era: Middle Ages Type: Fortified architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles, listed as a national Historic Monument in 1927 Built during the decline in security which followed the mediaeval boom, Ecorchoir Tower experienced some four centuries of threats and sporadic assaults. To the south-west, it borders the Vieux-Bourg (now the La Roquette district) and remains one of the last vestiges of the mediaeval rampart on the banks of the Rhône.

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  • Palace of the Podestà - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Palace
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    Date: 13th century Era: Middle Ages Type: Public communal architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles, listed as a national Historic Monument From the Plan de la Cour, four buildings, not one, testify to several centuries of communal power. The Palais des Podestats, to the right, is the oldest of the buildings. It is Romanesque in style and dates from the 13th century. From west to east are the 15th century town hall, the 17th century hôtel de ville and the 16th century belfry

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  • Faraman lighthouse - Heritage

    Other heritage - Lighthouse
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    This lighthouse is in the form of a tapered tower which stands 46.5 metres above sea-level. It is one of the highest Mediterranean lighthouses. It is a stone construction, widened at the base and with a corbel at the top. In 1934, the smooth masonry was painted with six alternating horizontal black and white stripes. It was restored between 1947 and 1950, due to damage suffered in the Second World War. In 1972, it received a wind turbine and was automated.

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  • Castle of the Duke of Guise - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Castle
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    The 'Castrum druentioe', still called the Château of the Duc de Guise, is a former Celto-Ligurian oppidum built in a strategic location. It was fortified at the end of the Roman Empire and was a strategic point for keeping watch over the Durance Valley. A population of men-at-arms and shepherds lived at the base of the fortress. The stronghold was destroyed in the 6th century by the Visigoths, who had come to lay siege to Arles. It was rebuilt in the 11th century and became the fiefdom of the Counts of Provence.

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  • Le village des Baux de Provence - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Mediaeval walled city
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    The village of Les Baux de Provence, perched on a rocky promontory, has an incredibly rich architectural heritage. Its citadel dominates extraordinarily beautiful natural sites. It contains exceptional décors which relate the testimonies of the past, continue traditions, house the art of the men who settled there and host prestige events. These sites are loaded with history and offer many more temptations. The tradition of hospitality is even more present than ever, thanks to its gastronomic restaurants and its charming hotels which receive distinguished guests.

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  • The Roman circus - Heritage

    Amphitheatre, aqueduct, arenas... - Roman Circus
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    Date: 149 Era: Antiquity Type: Public leisure architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles, listed as a Historic Monument in 1992 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. The circus is the largest Roman monument and could only be located outside the town. It was built in the 2nd century to the south-west of the town, on the banks of the Rhône. It was mainly used for horse and chariot racing, but sometimes also for cavalry fighting and venationes, a kind of animal hunt.

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  • Oratoire Sainte Marthe - Heritage

    Built heritage - Oratory
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    There has been an oratory on this site for a very long time, but it is thought to have been destroyed during the Revolution. It was replaced by François Pitra in 1852 and destroyed in 1986 during work to widen the road. It was then rebuilt as it is today. The statue of Saint Martha, patron saint of Tarascon and once famous for curing eye problems, was replaced by a statue of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. Architectural description

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Les sites touristiques

Ornithological park of Pont de Gau in Camargue

Outdoor activities
Les Saintes Maries de la Mer
Musée de la Camargue

Museum of the Camargue

Art and culture
Arles
Les jardins de l'alchimiste à Eyaglières

Jardin de l'alchimiste

Outdoor activities
Eygalières
Les Carrières de Lumières aux Baux de Provence

Cathédrale d'Images

Art and culture
Baux de Provence
Exposition Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles

Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles

Art and culture
Arles
Château des Baux-de-Provence

Château des Baux-de-Provence

Heritage
Baux de Provence