Châteaurenard

Visite pédagogique - Château féodal de Châteaurenard

Visite pédagogique - Château féodal de Châteaurenard

Thomas Bekkers - Provence Pays d'Arles

At the foot of its hill and its majestic château, 'the market gardening town' of Châteaurenard is home to 15,000 inhabitants, yet retains the conviviality and peacefulness of a small Provençal town. It is a popular holiday destination in the heart of Provence.

Châteaurenard cultivates its History!

This is a History carved in capital letters into the stones of its 13th and 15th century feudal château, a former fortress of the Counts of Provence, and traced into the furrows of its market-gardening landscape. From its towers, you will have a panoramic view of the Provence Pays d'Arles region. Visitors can admire the Plain of the Durance, the Papal City and the massifs of Ventoux, the Alpilles and the Luberon.

Today's riches come from working the land and managing the old irrigation system. The Museum of Agricultural Tools shares this rural heritage in order to conserve the region's heritage.

This history is enhanced by the authentic traditional festivals which punctuate the seasons. The Christmas market and the Santon Fair brighten up the start of winter. Florissim’art, the flower and arts market, celebrates the return of good weather. The various bull-related events, which take place from spring to autumn, will satisfy both demanding aficionados and curious novices. From July to September, the carreto ramado pulled by sixty horses symbolises the living heritage and traditions of Châteaurenard.

In addition to a range of high-quality accommodation at the gateway to the major tourist sites of Provence such as Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Arles and Marseille, Châteaurenard offers a choice of leisure activities including horse-drawn carriage rides, swimming pool, tennis courts and other sports facilities, outdoor activities such as a mountain biking trial area, fitness trails and orientation routes.

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Démonstration de catapulte - Château des Baux De Provence

Towers and keeps day trip in Provence !

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This journey amongst towers and keeps transports you from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, with a combination of educational walks and spectacular demonstrations. It takes you from one end of PROVENCE PAYS d’ARLES to the other, via La Montagnette, the Alpilles and Camargue.
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  • Artisanat des tranchées 1914-1918 - Art and culture

    Museums - Miscellaneous museums
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    More than 1,000 items from the 1914-1918 war have been brought together in the home of Mme Maryse Dupont. Mme Dupont has a passionate interest in the First World War and has recreated an entire era with her impressive collection of items, each one more amazing than the last, including lighters made from cartridges and coins.

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  • Musée des outils agraires - Art and culture

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    In the heart of this old centre located in a house made of exposed stonework, the Museum of Agricultural Tools recounts the development of agriculture in our region thanks to irrigation. Visitors can discover a varied collection of restored old tools used for growing cereals, vines and vegetables, some of them from the 19th century. These tools, made of iron and wood, were extensions of the hands of the women and men who got the best out of the earth.

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  • Crèche du Mas Grichaud

    Crèche géante - Art and culture

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    It took several years, an incalculable number of hours' work, a great deal of patience, meticulousness, precision and above all an unconditional love of Provence to create this magnificent Provençal nativity scene. It is more than a nativity scene, it is a summary of the heritage of the most aromatic region in France, the region of Etienne Gaillardet, the creator of this magical place located in La Crau de Châteaurenard (13).

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  • Fontaine de la Durance - Heritage

    Built heritage - Fountain
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    Built in 1909, this fountain pays tribute to the River Durance which flows to the north of Châteaurenard. Its inscription, 'Eici, l’aigo es d’or' (Here, water is gold) reveals the importance of this river, not only for the Châteaurenard region, but also for a large part of the Pays d'Arles. Its canalisation and distribution throughout the territory by means of a hydraulic network of small streams and canals allowed a flourishing fruit and vegetable production industry to develop on this arid or marshy land.

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  • Fontaine des quatre renards - Heritage

    Built heritage - Fountain
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    Built in 1909, this fountain pays tribute to the River Durance which flows to the north of Châteaurenard. Its inscription, 'Eici, l’aigo es d’or' (Here, water is gold) reveals the importance of this river, not only for the Châteaurenard region, but also for a large part of the Pays d'Arles. Its canalisation and distribution throughout the territory by means of a hydraulic network of small streams and canals allowed a flourishing fruit and vegetable production industry to develop on this arid or marshy land.

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  • Oratoire Saint Eloi - Heritage

    Built heritage - Oratory
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    Oratory of Saint Eloi This Oratory is dedicated to Saint Eloi, a very well-known saint in the Pays d'Arles and the patron saint of 'ménagers' or small land-owners. The Oratory was built in the 19th century (1859) and marked the boundary of the town to the south.

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  • Fontaine du jardin des Tours - Heritage

    Built heritage - Fountain
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    Built in 1909, this fountain pays tribute to the River Durance which flows to the north of Châteaurenard. Its inscription, 'Eici, l’aigo es d’or' (Here, water is gold) reveals the importance of this river, not only for the Châteaurenard region, but also for a large part of the Pays d'Arles. Its canalisation and distribution throughout the territory by means of a hydraulic network of small streams and canals allowed a flourishing fruit and vegetable production industry to develop on this arid or marshy land.

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  • Eglise Saint Denis - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    Behind its 19th century façade, Saint Denis parish church conceals a great Romanesque nave and a beautiful Gothic chancel. In the side-naves, woodwork and paintings by Mignard adorn the different altars of the rural brotherhoods. The eyes are drawn to the bell tower, which was originally a 'watch tower'. Until the Revolution, the church, the only important 'public space', was a place where the public could come together. Its architecture follows the town's demographic growth. This place

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  • Les croix - Heritage

    Built heritage - Stations of the cross - cross
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    There are six crosses in the local countryside. They are the Croix de Piquette, the Croix de l’Oratoire, the Croix de la Mâtarde, the Croix du Mas de Cartier, the Croix Rouge and the Croix de la Crau. They were erected during the second half of the 19th century and some of them have recently been restored.

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  • Oratoires - Heritage

    Built heritage - Oratory
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    Oratory of Saint Eloi This Oratory is dedicated to Saint Eloi, a very well-known saint in the Pays d'Arles and the patron saint of 'ménagers' or small land-owners. The Oratory was built in the 19th century (1859) and marked the boundary of the town to the south.

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  • Fontaine place Voltaire - Heritage

    Built heritage - Fountain
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    Built in 1909, this fountain pays tribute to the River Durance which flows to the north of Châteaurenard. Its inscription, 'Eici, l’aigo es d’or' (Here, water is gold) reveals the importance of this river, not only for the Châteaurenard region, but also for a large part of the Pays d'Arles. Its canalisation and distribution throughout the territory by means of a hydraulic network of small streams and canals allowed a flourishing fruit and vegetable production industry to develop on this arid or marshy land.

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  • Fontaine du Savoir et de la Connaissance - Heritage

    Built heritage - Fountain
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    Built in 1909, this fountain pays tribute to the River Durance which flows to the north of Châteaurenard. Its inscription, 'Eici, l’aigo es d’or' (Here, water is gold) reveals the importance of this river, not only for the Châteaurenard region, but also for a large part of the Pays d'Arles. Its canalisation and distribution throughout the territory by means of a hydraulic network of small streams and canals allowed a flourishing fruit and vegetable production industry to develop on this arid or marshy land.

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  • Statue de la Vierge dorée - Heritage

    Other heritage - Miscellaneous heritage
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    This statue was erected in the 19th century (1867) during a Mission in the upper part of the commune, at the top of Pic Chabaud. It was the then parish priest, Father Louis Alexis, who decided to carry out the Mission. The commission to produce the statue was given to the company Vigne de Lyon, on the basis of a model created for Lourdes by Joseph Fabisch. It was exhausting work for the men, carters and horses to transport the 1,860 kg of the statue to the top of the hill.

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