Fontvieille

Le Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet à Fontvieille

Le Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet à Fontvieille
Le Moulin de Daudet à Fontvieille en Provence est le symbole de l'écrivain et de son œuvre "Lettres de mon moulin"

Provence Pays d'Arles

Vous viendrez ici voir le Moulin de Daudet…et vous y resterez pour partager la douceur des Alpilles.

Situé au cœur des Alpilles, Fontvieille est aujourd’hui un village animé, festif et très attaché à la préservation des traditions provençales. Elles sont mises à l’honneur à de multiples occasions comme la Fête des Moulins au printemps ou encore la Foire aux santons en novembre. Grâce à l’un de ses illustres résidents, Alphonse Daudet, Fontvieille a très largement contribué à l’image de la Provence. L’écrivain a immortalisé les moulins à vents et les paysages du village dans son œuvre majeure « Les lettres de mon Moulin ». Il faut parcourir le massif environnant, et son écosystème exceptionnel pour percer le secret du charme des Alpilles. En vous promenant dans les collines, vous tomberez sur des pépites architecturales comme le Château de Montauban lieu de calme et de repos pour l'écrivain Daudet ou encore l’aqueduc et la meunerie romaine de Bargegal, ensemble architectural exceptionnel qui alimentaient la ville d’Arles en eau et en farine.

Vous pourrez aussi découvrir les carrières de pierre, qui depuis le Moyen Age, ont permis d’édifier des sites prestigieux en France et à l’étranger. Le village est un lieu de séjour idéal. Il offre une palette infinie de solutions d’hébergement mais aussi de tables très gourmandes et de belles terrasses ensoleillées.

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Circuit MP2013 en Pays d'Arles

MP2013 route in Pays d'Arles

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As part of Marseille Provence 2013, a great number of events and several major tourist and cultural sites are marking European Capital of Culture Year in our region. Provence Pays d'Arles is offering an 'MP2013 tourist route', a voyage around the Mediterranean, taking in the region's unmissable sites. This tourist route will be added to and developed throughout 2013.
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  • Office de Tourisme Fontvieille - Practice

    Tourist services - Tourist office
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    By providing modernity, authenticity and tradition, the village of Fontvieille, made famous by "Les lettres de mon moulin" by Alphonse Daudet, offers an exceptional quality of life at the gates of the Baux Valley. Due to its ideal location, Fontvieille can easily access all the villages of this beautiful corner of Provence. Through its real Provençal village character with its houses with their gazebos, its old wells and its ancient streets, Fontvieille imposes its charm with its historical assets, heritage and cultural.

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  • Chapelle Saint Jean du Grès - Heritage

    Built heritage - Chapel
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    This is a building of Romanesque origin, of which only the apse remains. The monks of Montmajour took possession of it in 1096. It served as a parish church until 1768, when it was dedicated to Saint-Pierre-ès-Liens. The chapel was the subject of a procession on 24 June (re-introduced in 1964). It is currently used for a range of cultural events.

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  • La Vieille Font - Heritage

    Built heritage - Fountain
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    In Provençal, a 'font' was a fountain or sometimes a spring. This is a small building constructed in 1150 in the Fontvieille countryside. It housed the commune's first spring. The commune took its name from this fountain, 'Vieio Font' in Provençal, which translates as 'old fountain.'. It was already in use in Roman times and still supplies the wash house located nearby.

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  • Le lavoir - Heritage

    Built heritage - Wash house
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    This is a very attractive wash house made of Fontvieille stone. The fresh water came from the 'Vieille Font' fountain nearby. At the time, the inhabitants used it to wash their clothes during the 'bugado' ('washing' in Provençal). It is fairly large, as the village's population was growing steadily over time, and the wash house had to meet everyone's needs. It is a timeless place; it is in the country and thus has a calm atmosphere.

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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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  • Oratoires de Fontvieille - Heritage

    Built heritage - Oratory
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    Oratory of St Theresa: Oratory built in the 17th century. The building, constructed of medium-sized stones, consists of three storeys separated by moulded cornices. The central part is cut through with four rectangular bays supporting the lantern-shaped niche, whose four sides have semi-circular arches. The roof consists of a stone dome.

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  • Tour l'Abbé Pierre de Canillac - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Tower - Belfry - Bell-tower
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    This Tower was erected at the request of the Abbey of Montmajour, Pierre de Canillac, between 1348 and 1353. It is both a defensive and residential construction; although the tower was an important symbol of power and military strength in those times of war (the 14th and 15th centuries were punctuated with a series of conflicts, better known as the Hundred Years' War). It was combined with other constructions which housed the seigniorial residence and a ceremonial room where justice was administered.

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  • Les moulins de Fontvieille

    Les moulins de Fontvieille - Heritage

    Built heritage - Mill
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    The four mills of Fontvieille The Moulin Sourdon, more commonly called 'the fallen mill' because it was the first to lose its capital and sails, is the doyen of the four. It was built in 1791 and was operational in the 18th and 19th centuries. Set apart from the others, standing alone on a hill to the west of the Allée des Pins, the Moulin Sourdon has been abandoned by tourists and villagers alike; its location offers magnificent views of the western part of the village. It was last restored in 1958.

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  • Les carrières - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Historical industrial site
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    Fontvieille stone was first quarried in Roman times. However, it was not until the early 15th century, with the Château de Tarascon site, that it expanded significantly. From that time, the quarries were operated continuously until modern times.

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  • Eglise Saint Pierre Es Liens - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    Saint Pierre-ès-Liens, the commune's parish church, is built in the Classical style. Construction began in 1695, as the former Saint Pierre-ès-Liens parish church had become too small to accommodate the villagers due to the growth of the village (growth due in part to the operation of the quarries from the 15th century).

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  • Moulin d'Alphonse Daudet - Heritage

    Built heritage - Mill
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    Built in 1814, the Saint Pierre Windmill ground wheat for a century until 1915. In 1935, the Society of Friends of Daudet's Windmill decided to turn it into a museum dedicated to Alphonse Daudet and containing the poet's works. This windmill has been visible from the outside since 2012, but the inside cannot be visited as it has been closed by its owner.

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