Maillane

Les jardins du musée Fréderic Mistral à Maillane

Les jardins du musée Fréderic Mistral à Maillane

Provence Pays Arles / Canopée / Lionel Roux

… a village imbibed with the soul of Frédéric Mistral and Provence, the native village of Frédéric Mistral,

Maillane inspired the work of the great poet. Here you can see the sources of Provençal culture, in the heart of Provence. With the bluish crests of the Alpilles as a backdrop, Maillane is an authentic Provençal village which has preserved its traditions, its culture and its identity. This is the native village of Frédéric Mistral (1830-1914), the Provençal poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1904. He spent his entire life here and found the inspiration for his poetry and for his fight for the Provençal language and culture. In the village, you will see the three houses he lived in successively: the Mas du Juge, the farmhouse where the poet was born; the Maison du Lézard in the centre of the village and finally the house in which he lived towards the end of his life, now the Mistral Museum. Here in Maillane, art de vivre has many different elements. There are the magnificent sites and landscapes: the cypress hedges in the middle of the sun-drenched fields, the remarkably restored traditional farmhouses, the houses clustered together around the church, the square where you can have a relaxing rest and the lanes with their old porches, crosses and oratories. It comes to life during the traditional festivals which punctuate the life of the village: in February, Saint Agatha, Patron Saint of the village; in July, the carreto ramado a procession in tribute to St Eloi, when horses take pride of place, Notre Dame de Grâce, a religious festival celebrated in August, to name just the main ones. Take the time to walk in the surrounding countryside and make the most of the sensations and colours, such as the special light of the pure sky swept by the mistral, the bright colours of the water irises and sunflowers, the soft colours of the wheat and olive trees and the delicate aromas of the flowers and fruits from our orchards.

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With its great chefs, beautiful restaurants, bountiful soil and attentive producers, PROVENCE PAYS D’ARLES has been charming gastronomes and other gourmets for many years. The area is widely honoured and recognised by the great gastronomic guides, as it has been awarded a total of ten rosettes by the Michelin Guide and twenty-two 'toques' by the Gault and Millau Guide.
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  • Musée Fréderic Mistral à Maillane

    Museum Frédéric Mistral - Art and culture

    Museums - Museum
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    The poet Frédéric Mistral (1830-1914) lived in Maillane, where he composed all his work; in 1904 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was also the founder of the Félibrige association. The house where he lived from 1876 until his death on 25 March 1914 has retained the authentic look of Mistral's time, thanks to restoration work carried out from 1992 to 1995 by the Historic Monuments service. The house became a museum in 1944, following the death of Mme Mistral in 1943.

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  • Niches urbaines - Practice

    Trade and services - Autres
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    Niches are arranged at the corners of streets or above the entrances to homes.Small size (a few tens of centimetres), these niches usually draw an arc and their background is masoned in apse. This symbolically reminds the chorus of our churches.These modest arrangements have a role to protect the House and its inhabitants, or may be ex-votos, materialization of a vow to a Holy character.Eight niches are to discover the streets of the village.

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  • L'Atelier du Costume de Maillane - Practice

    Trade and services - Autres
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    The Maillane Costume Workshop is an association that aims to study the different costumes of Arles worn in the late 18th century until 1900. At each stage of life, for every class and according to circumstances, costumes were made differently and with appropriate fabrics. The colours varied according to season and each stage of life. This was well orchestrated by the social gaps. Our association offers contemporary costume parades, reconstitutions, life events...

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  • Casa Pizza - Practice

    Trade and services - Autres
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    Takeaway pizza. Tuesday to Sunday from 5.30 pm and Saturday from midday. Closed on Thursdays.

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Heritage (21)

  • Oratoire du Mas du Cast - Heritage

    Built heritage - Oratory
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    The statue was erected in the late 19th century by Mr. Omer Martel, the new owner of Le Cast, on the edge of a small path on the estate (in the 17th century, the Mas du Cast was the residence of the Porcelet family). A friend of Mistral, he commissioned a few verses from him and had them engraved on the cippus which supports the statue of the Virgin. Architectural description Gradated square cippus with engravings of the verses of Mistral. The statue represents Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.

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  • Eglise paroissiale Sainte-Agathe - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    The parish church is of 13th century Romanesque origin and was dedicated to Notre-Dame-de-Bethléem. It was replaced by the church of Saint Agatha, patron saint of the village. In the 17th century, the building was facing ruin; restoration work was started and later completed during a more extensive project in 1760. Worship had been banned at the church, as the building was judged too dangerous. A master mason from Tarascon built the chancel, sacristy, bell tower and two chapels (Sainte-Agathe and Sainte-Vierge).

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  • Croix d'Arles - Heritage

    Built heritage - Stations of the cross - cross
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    Located on the RD 32, first mentioned in 1532, destroyed during the Revolution and rebuilt in 1804, this delicate wrought iron cross sits on a high pilaster with capitals.

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  • Tmbeau de Frédéric Mistral - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Mausoleum
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    Frédéric Mistral had his tomb built in 1907, before his death in 1914; it is a very faithful replica of the Pavillon de la Reine Jeanne in Les Baux-de-Provence. On the bell which sounded his death-knell and announced his loss, there is an engraving of a 1907 poem called 'Moun toumbéu' (My tomb'). It was engraved several days before his death and it was when Mistral went to admire the sculptor's work in the church that he caught a chill and died. Architectural description

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  • Hôtel de ville - Heritage

    Other heritage - Administrative building
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    This Neo-Classical style building was built in 1862 in accordance with the plans of a St Rémy architect called Mr. Girard. In the wedding hall, visitors can admire a vast canvas by the Provençal painter and writer Valère Bernard, portraying a Farandole dance performed by life-sized characters. It was created in 1896 as a commission from Mistral, who bought it for one thousand gold Francs and offered it to the commune.

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  • Mas du Juge - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - House
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    Everything in the town evokes the memory of the great Provençal poet. The Mas du Juge, where Mistral was born in 1830, is in Maillane. This 18th century building, which entered the possession of the Mistral family in 1803, had a permanent effect on the poet's soul. It was here that he spent 25 years of his life and found the inspiration for 'Miréio', which he started to write within its walls. Since Mistral's time and despite the passing of the years, the dining room in the Mas is still in almost its original condition. Room and museum open to visitors.

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  • Maison du Lézard - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - House
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    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.

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  • Croix du Mas de Mouret - Heritage

    Built heritage - Stations of the cross - cross
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    This cross was erected in 1875 on the St Rémy road. There are inscriptions on each side of the base, three in Provençal and one in French by Victor Hugo.

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  • Moulin communal - Heritage

    Built heritage - Mill
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    This mill was built in 1627 in La Loube, to the north of the village, and supplied the village with flour. It had several successive owners, before once again becoming the property of the commune in the 19th century. It operated until the middle of that century, but only on four days a week; on the other days, the water was reserved for watering gardens. After the death of the last tenants in 1985, the mill was destroyed following a decision by the municipal council. All that remains today is the paddle wheel, which is in good condition.

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  • Croix Blanche - Heritage

    Built heritage - Stations of the cross - cross
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    The Croix Blanche is located at the start of the road to the Bérard estate; it was undoubtedly the Bérard family that erected this stone cross, both sides of which feature sculptures (Christ and the Virgin). This is the oldest cross in the village and was first mentioned in 1697.

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