Noves and The Paluds

Carreto Ramado dans les rues de Noves

Carreto Ramado dans les rues de Noves

Provence Pays Arles / Canopée / Lionel Roux

... Native village of Laura de Noves

The village of Noves, on the banks of the Durance, opposite the Alpilles, has all the attractions of a small Provençal town, with its history, its soil and its traditions.

Between the Rhône, the Durance and the Alpilles, Noves and its hamlet Les Paluds are ideally located for discovering the great sites of Provence Pays d'Arles whilst enjoying the typical charm of a Provençal village. Come and discover the history and heritage of Noves, its ramparts, St-Baudile church (Historic Monument), its Pénitents Blancs and Notre-Dame de Pitié chapels, its various oratories and crosses and its Théâtre de Verdure. Laura de Noves, whom Petrarch sang about so beautifully, lived there in the 14th century, when the village was still ruled by the Popes of Avignon. Noves did not become French until the reign of Louis XI.

 

Keep your eyes peeled in order to fully enjoy its attractions, which include wines from the 'Cuvée des Amours' and the special Laura and Petrarch vintage, olive oil from the Moulin de Bournissac, fruits and vegetables from the surrounding countryside and the beautiful local restaurants. Enjoy the song of the cicadas and the whispering of the fountains. Breathe in the aromas of the pines, flowers and aromatic plants in its fields and hills. Share the dynamism of Noves residents and their love of festivals during the many events which take place throughout the year, including the courses camarguaises, local celebrations, costume parades, the Carreto Ramado of Saint Eloi on the first weekend in June and that of Saint Roch in Les Paluds on the first weekend in September, cycling races and Fairs, not forgetting the theatre, either covered or in the open air at the Théâtre de Verdure.

Don't miss the heritage in the historic centre (discovery trail), the botanic trail, the children's 'Discover Rougadou' route and the Thursday morning market on Place Jean Jaurès.

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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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  • Village de Noves - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Mountain village - picturesque village
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    This small village on the Durance Plain was fortified in the 14th century and is bursting with character. In this village, the home of Laura de Noves whom Petrarque sang about in his 'Canzionere', visitors can admire the Romanesque Saint Baudile church, the 12th and 14th century ramparts, Notre Dame de Pitié Chapel, Notre Dame des Fonts de Vacquières Chapel and the Oratory of St.Eloi.

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  • Remparts et portes médiévales - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Ramparts
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    12th and 14th century ramparts, including a belfry and two mediaeval gates in perfect condition.

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  • Eglise Saint Baudile - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    The present church is known to be built on the site of a Roman place of worship. The first Christian chapel was built there in the 10th century. All that remains of the 12th century Romanesque church is the semi-circular apse, followed by a window surmounted by a cupola which supports a bell tower and a nave with three vaulted broken barrel bays.

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  • Croix du Mas de la Croix - Heritage

    Built heritage - Stations of the cross - cross
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    The cross at the intersection of the Route des Paluds and the Chemin de l'Eau is of unknown origin. It gave its name to the Mas on the edge of which it is located. It is a very beautiful and sombre stone monument, whose motifs have been eroded, and was listed as a national Historic Monument in 1922. Architectural description

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  • Chapelle Notre Dame de Pitié - Heritage

    Built heritage - Chapel
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    Located at the very place where the first residence in Noves was built, it was originally a simple hermitage for Observantine monks. The chapel nave, adjacent to the hermitage, was built in 1630 and extended in 1722 in accordance with the wishes of the inhabitants of Noves during the great Plague of 1720-1721. A pilgrimage linked to this wish still takes place today (first Saturday in September). The apse was built in 1832, followed by the narthex in the 19th century. The inside of the chapel can only be visited on Heritage Days.

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  • Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs - Heritage

    Built heritage - Chapel
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    Until the early 14th century, the synagogue of the local Jewish community stood on this site. Pope John XXII had the synagogue destroyed after driving out the Jewish community and in its place he had a chapel built and dedicated to Notre-Dame-d’Enville; this was distinct from Saint Bauldile Church, which was then 'extra muros'. It was inaugurated in 1320 and the marriage contract between Hugues de Sade and Laura de Noves was signed there on 16 January 1325.

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  • Oratoire Notre Dame - Heritage

    Built heritage - Oratory
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    This is the oldest oratory in the village. It is a votive oratory erected against the plague of 1721 and its aim was to protect the village against epidemics. It was moved during the construction of the railway line. The current statue of the Virgin with the Infant Jesus was sculpted in 2001 by Daniel Chereches, an artist of Romanian origin. This statue replaced the original Lens stone statue in plaster which became seriously damaged over time. Architectural description

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  • Oratoire Saint Eloi - Heritage

    Built heritage - Oratory
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    Erected in 1869 (restored in 1982 and 1994), this Oratory dedicated to Saint Eloi is one of the most common votive buildings in our region. The 1994 restoration allowed the Noves Heritage Association to bring the tradition of the Saint Eloi chariot back to Noves. This 'carreto ramado' takes place every year on the first Sunday in June. Architectural description

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  • Oratoire Saint Roch - Heritage

    Built heritage - Oratory
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    This is a very attractive Oratory in the centre of Les Paluds de Noves. The Oratory was dedicated as a votive offering to Saint Roch, patron saint of plague victims; a traditional festival held on the first Sunday of September is dedicated to this saint. On this occasion, a 'carreto ramado' ('rowed chariot' in Provençal) parades through the hamlet of Les Paluds de Noves.

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