Hometo do

To do

My selection of research

Heritage (50)

  • Maison du Lézard - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - House
    • (0)
    • (0)

    The Maison du Lézard was built in the 17th century and was inhabited by Frédéric Mistral and his mother from 1855 (on the death of his father) to 1876, when Frédéric Mistral got married. It is a beautiful manor house with a Virgin in a corner niche and a sundial that Mistral installed in 1903: 'Gai lezert, bèu toun soulèu l’ouro passo que trop lèu e deman ploura belèu' 'Gay lizard, drink in the sun time passes too quickly and tomorrow it may rain'. This building has been listed as a national Historic Monument since 31 July 1930.

    Add to my tour
  • Maisons typiques de Fontvieille - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - House
    • (0)
    • (0)

    Fontvieille has relatively distinctive and homogeneous architecture, due to the use of dressed stone in construction. The village actually grew up in the 15th century around the operation of the stone quarries. The early part of the century saw the construction of the Château Royal de Provence in Tarascon, a huge and lengthy project which launched the quarry industry in Fontvieille. Originally located on the small plateau of Le Castelet, the village moved to the Vieille Font district around this time and thus got its name.

    Add to my tour
  • Clock tower - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Tower - Belfry - Bell-tower
    • (0)
    • (0)

    Date: 1558 Era: Renaissance Type: Public communal architecture Status: Property of the town of Arles, listed as a national Historic Monument in 1920 The Tower viewed from the Place de la République Although the Clock Tower now seems like to be an integral part of the hôtel de ville, more than a century actually separates the construction of the two buildings. It was in fact constructed in the mid-16th century, to replace an older tower.

    Add to my tour
  • Castle of the Duke of Guise - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Castle
    • (0)
    • (0)

    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.

    Add to my tour
  • Hôtel de Ville de Tarascon - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Stately home
    • (0)
    • (0)

    In 1644, the decision was made to build a new consular house. Four years later, Tarascon Hôtel de Ville was born (Louis XIII style). The façade was inspired by examples in Arles and has a corbelled stone balcony and a niche which houses the statue of Saint Martha with the Tarasque. Tarascon Hôtel de Ville was considered a very fashionable building in the mid-17th century. The other characteristics, which include pelmets, plant-based sculptures and bouquets of acanthus on the façade and around the windows, are very sombre in style.

    Add to my tour
  • Hôtel des Monnaies - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Stately home
    • (0)
    • (0)

    Tarascon enjoyed many privileges under the reign of the Counts of Provence. In August 1272, an Act of Charles I of Anjou, the uncle of King René, authorised the founding of a Maison de la Monnaie (Mint), thus allowing Tarascon to mint money in the same way as Tours. Coins were minted here from 1387 to 1520. During this time, a real coin and a fake coin were nailed to the door, in order to inform the population and discourage forgers. The mint ceased operation between 1518 and 1526 and between 1543 and 1591, as its activity was contested by the Provence Parliament.

    Add to my tour
  • Château d'en Haut Barbentane - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Chateau
    • (0)
    • (0)

    This château, some of whose wall surfaces date from the 15th century, is located in a 4-hectare wooded park in the heart of the village of Barbentane. The château estate consists of a park, a private chapel in the woods (closed to the public) and the Anglica Tower (14th century), a listed and remarkably well-conserved structure.

    Add to my tour
  • Tourvieille and towers of Camargue - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Tower - Belfry - Bell-tower
    • (0)
    • (0)

    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.

    Add to my tour
  • Mas de la Brune

    Mas de la Brune - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - "Mas" traditional house
    • (0)
    • (0)

    Built in 1572 for the Consul Pierre Isnard, the Mas de la Brune is a real jewel of Renaissance architecture. It has cornices, a corbel construction, mullioned windows and decorative motifs evoking the Gospels and pagan legends.

    Add to my tour
  • Hôtel de Manville - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Stately home
    • (0)
    • (0)

    Current Hôtel de Ville. The town's most beautiful Renaissance mansion was built in 1571 by the rich Protestant family of Claude de Manville. The irregular façade, which follows the course of the main road, contains mainly mullioned windows. The inner courtyard, flanked by a portico, repeats the same pattern as the Renaissance windows. The monumental first floor fireplace has an interlacing mantelpiece (1571) surmounting a frieze decorated with triglyphs resting on Doric columns. The Town restored the building at the end of the 1960s.

    Add to my tour

Pages

My tour

Circuit touristique

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