Orgon

Notre Dame de Beauregard - Orgon vu du ciel - Provence Pays d'Arles - Lionel Roux

Welcome to Orgon, where you can walk through history in a reduced time, because its a small village with lots of patrimonial features. Symbolic place for Provencal geology and palaeontology, this place contains an internationally recognized stratotype. The study of thick layers of outcropping limestone, where fossils are specific and unique, inspired the origin of the Urgonien's definition (from Orgon's latin name) by one of the founder of the palaeontology : A. of Orbigny in 1850. Archaeological excavations disclosed a dolmen, stelaes, campaniform shacks, which certifie the Human presence until a very long time ago.

Your cultural and historical journey will begin in the middle of the village by passing under the medieval gate of Hortet. The latter is well preserved with its guard room. Then you will see the remains of Duc de Guise's castle, once a strong position and jail, residence of Templars. The ancient village, for assure its savety, was built at the bottom of the castle, belt by fortifications which a portion is still visible. By the Jean Aubert street, you will bordered a second compound, erected in 1591, with two gates : Sainte Anne and Durance.

Colossal stairs, in the shape of iron horse, will bring you to the parish church of the Assomption, dating of 1325. Then, you will access to the Chapelle Notre-Dame de Beauregard, built thanks to the perseverance of a man :  Canon Bonnard in 1878 on a sanctuary with celto-ligurian distant origins Celto-Ligurians. Path to the Chapelle is punctuate by three oratories, that on of the Annonciation, an other one to the Glory of Jesus and Mary and a last one for the slaughter of innocent people and escape to Egypte. Visitors are always amazed by the panoramic view, the museum and temporary expositions in the 18th century monastery. At the top of Mont Sauvy were built in 18th century, the Chapelle Saint Roch and the oratory of la Madeleine. The remains are classified can be discovered in the Costes area. Another characteristic feature,  cross rise from the landscape of Orgon. This attest a popular fervour in particular towards the Vierge Marie who figures on the coats of arms of the village.

You will be able to wander in quiet streets and alleyways, to linger in front of Renaissance facade, sublime main archways, decorated balconies....

This authentic village reserves you a lot of discoveries to look outside the box.

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Paysage des Alpilles

The Alpilles seen from above

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This surprising route connects the high points of PROVENCE PAYS D’ARLES. By gaining altitude, you will increase your chances of getting close to the Bonelli's Eagle. Observatories, belvederes and other exceptional viewing points will provide exceptional panoramic views over the Alpilles.
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Outdoor activities (2)

  • Riding the Couroulus - Outdoor activities

    On foot, on horseback, by bicycle - Horse riding centre
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    Located in the town of Orgon, at the crossroads Mollèges, Plan d'Orgon, and Eygalières villages, Les Couroulus Riding Centre is a major asset giving direct access to the mountains for wonderful horse or pony rides in the Alpilles. Stéphanie Fabre welcomes you to a family orientated club for enjoyment and learning to ride through various activities: - From the age of three years (baby club). - Traditional pony or horse riding, with two adult lessons on Saturday mornings. - During school holidays, lessons are open to all, club licensed or not.

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  • Climbing in Orgon - Outdoor activities

    Climbing, fly - Climbing route
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    Orgon offers a site for all levels with routes amongst the most difficult in France. It is classified by the French Federation of mountain and climbing: national site with 3,000 to 10,000 metres of routes. The town has three historic areas: - Canal sector: Oriented west above the Chemin de la Fanfarline. Winter is suitable for sticky surfaces and performance, but it is very cold. Summer afternoons are more pleasant. Access: From Orgon follow the signs "Hotel restaurant du Parc" and then take the Chemin de la Fanfarline.

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Art and culture (4)

  • Musée villageois

    Village Museum - Art and culture

    Museums - Museum
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    The Village Museum exhibits a number of historic documents, Provençal costumes, utensils necessary for life in the previous century, fossils and the ex voto that were previously in the church. This museum evokes local secular traditions and presents illustrated works relating to famous local secular characters, in particular Edmond Rostand, whose Orgon roots date back to the 16th century. The Village Museum is open every day from 15th May to 15th October and on Sundays all year from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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  • Provence Automobile Museum - Art and culture

    Museums - Museum
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    Nestled between the Alpilles and the Luberon is a collection just waiting to be discovered. A round-up of a century of automotive history through the different eras of this fabulous epic story... sporting and popular models of all ages share this space with bicycles, motorcycles, posters from the time and other unusual items. Artifice is not necessary in the Provence Automobile Museum, as passion alone drives this sanctuary of mechanics. The museum also has a range of spare parts and exhibition sales vehicles. Open Monday to Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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  • Musée Urgonia

    Geological and Archaeological Museum - Art and culture

    Museums - Museum
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    Discover the load History Museum, the former prison of the 17th century showing the graffiti of the convicts who were a stop on the path that led to the bagne of Toulon, welcomes today the Urgonia Museum and the Municipal Tourist Office in the village.The exhibitions presented in this place reveal you the unique and fascinating history of this territory for 130 million years.

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  • Media Library - Art and culture

    Library, Media library
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    Opening hours:Tuesday from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 16:00 to 18:30.Wednesday from 9 h 00 to 12 h 00 and 14 h 00 to 18 h 30.Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 and from 16:00 to 18:30.Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30. Cultural activities will always be held on Saturday afternoon....

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Producteurs, artisans, terroir (6)

  • Paint Shop Charlotte Novitz - Producers, artisan, local

    Artisan - Graphic arts
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    The painter Charlotte Novitz celebrates the landscapes of Les Alpilles and the great outdoors. Uses watercolours and pastels on paper. Charlotte Novitz offers introduction to painting courses.

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  • Domaine de Valdition - Producers, artisan, local

    Producers - Wines
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    A 900 m bridle path planted with Aleppo pines leads to the tasting site and the bastide surrounded by a magnificent park with its two-hundred year old trees. The equilibrium and harmony of this place illustrate the quality of its products, which are typical of the Vallée des Baux and the Alpilles. Its vineyards, planted with almost ten varieties, extend over 40 hectares and produce white, rosé and red Vin de Pays des Alpilles wines. Its olive groves covers 30 hectares and results in the production of Vallée des Baux de Provence olive oils.

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  • Area of the Val de L'oule - Producers, artisan, local

    Producers - Wines
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    From father to son, it is a great pleasure for me to show you the products of our viticultural operations. These operations were passed down to me by my father, André Benoit, who also bequeathed me his passion for the land, his love of the natural environment which forms it and his respect for traditional growing methods.

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  • Fall workshop ceramic Leo Tornero - Producers, artisan, local

    Artisan - Land
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    Léo Tornero works on the relationship between sensuality and clay. Land, malleable will offers a multitude of techniques and its expression field is very broad. Touch as a first sense, the practice of the tour that promotes the round shapes suggests the imagination. The characters that I realize have evolved, I call them 'lunatics '. They are glazed stoneware. Inspired by dance, music and human relationships, it gives them the character of power in gesture and movement for travel. Equally they are one, feet and hands in the form of scrolls: poetic is their way.

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  • Pottery Isabel de Gea - Producers, artisan, local

    Artisan - Land
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    Isabel de Géa offers pottery classes, throughout the year, for all age groups and all ability levels, from beginners to improvers. My techniques are varnished clay, raku and paper clay. You can use a wheel, do modelling or create sculptures and crockery. It's your choice. She will guide you, advise you and teach you the basics of pottery until you have mastered each ancient technique.

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Sport and leisure (1)

  • Arenas - Sport and leisure

    Swimming pool, Bowling alley, arenas - Bullrings / Amphitheatres
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    The arenas were created in 1907 by Albert Laty, passionate cafetier of bullfighting. Bullfights are interrupted at the time of the second world war. Arenas then welcome various performances and were often used as bowling alley. These arenas are now maintained by the City Council and managed by the bullfighting Club.Seat of the bullfighting Club: Bar in the future.President: Mr Michel.Phone number: 04 42 55 61 51.

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Heritage (13)

  • Explore the village of Orgon - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Mediaeval walled city
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    Orgon is a town of 3010 people in the Bouches du Rhone, located in the Parc natural Regional des Alpilles, 15 kilometres from Saint-Rémy, 25 km from Avignon and 6 km from the Parc Naturel Regional Luberon. This typically Provençal village, dominated by the chapel Notre Dame de Beauregard and the ruins of the ancient fortress of the Duc de Guise, is rich of an illustrious past. Archaeological, geological and paleontological past prestigious: Orgon is a Mecca of geology and Provençal paleontology concealing an internationally recognized stratotype.

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  • Saint-Roch Chapel - Heritage

    Built heritage - Chapel
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    This walk ends with the discovery of the site of Saint Roch Chapel on Mont Savoy hill. To get there from the Municipal Tourist Office, cross the D7n, turn right at the start of the Chemin de la Mine and then climb the Saint Roch gravel path at the start of the Chemin des Piellettes. Saint Roch Chapel is on the wooded site of Mont Sauvy. The cross you passed was erected in 1803 as testimony to the religious revival that followed the Revolution.

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  • Chapel Saint-Véran - Heritage

    Built heritage - Chapel
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    This chapel is located on private property by the side of the Chemin de Saint-Véran. The quality and perfect stone-setting of this building, most of which is in ruins, make it one of the most characteristic in Romanesque Provence. It had a single nave, with a barrel vault resting on transverse arches and built around a semi-domed apse; on each side of the entrance to the apse were rubble stones decorated with foliage with plant and geometrical designs. There was a side chapel to the south.

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  • Church of the assumption - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    The Assomption Church dates back to 1325. The forecourt of the parish church is accessed via the 19th century monumental horseshoe staircase. On the forecourt near the Town Hall, at the bottom of the church, a decorated cast iron cross sits on top of a stone altar where the priest of the commune would officiate under certain circumstances. This cross replaced an old wooden cross which supported a very large Christ. The first church was within the village of La Savoie, at the foot of the château ruins.

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  • Castle of the Duke of Guise - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Castle
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    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.

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  • The main attractions of Orgon - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Historical quarter
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    The typically Provençal village of Orgon, overlooked by Notre Dame de Beauregard Chapel and the ruins of the old fortress of the Duc de Guise, has a rich and illustrious past. Listed below are its main sights, which visitors can discover on four themed walks. Details are available at Orgon Municipal Tourist Office. Calvaries and Oratories: The Orgon landscape is dominated by crosses and oratories, revealing the popular fervour for Catholicism and the Virgin Mary throughout the ages. - The Cross at the Porte la Durance.

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  • The Urgonian - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Miscellaneous archaeological sites
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    Orgon is a showplace of Provencal paleontology and geology. The village of Orgon is part of these rare sites of share the world which conceals an internationally recognized facies. The chalky limestone layers are flush conceal specific and characteristic fossils to the origin of the definition of the urgonian floor, from the latin name of Orgon, by one of the founders of paleontology, of Alcide d'Orbigny in 1850.These lands belong to the early Cretaceous. These are carbonate marine sediments that were deposited between 120 and 110 million years.

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  • Chapel of our Lady of Beauregard - Heritage

    Built heritage - Chapel
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    This ancient celto-Ligurian oppidum was a religious center well before the Christian era, as evidenced by the numerous remains of cults such as the Gallo-Roman altars exposed today in the lapidary Museum of Avignon. They honoured the Greco-Roman deities. In 1878 the Bonnard Canon, cure Dean of Orgon, had built on the site of the old place of worship the present Chapel.

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  • The old doors - Heritage

    Built heritage - Gate
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    Porte de l'Hortet This is the only remaining gate from the first surrounding walls built in the 12th century. It marked the end of the Chemin d’Avignon and the Chemin de Saint Rémy. It is well preserved and still has its guardroom, an oeil-de-boeuf window to the left, level with the crenellations, and a gun casement above the pointed arch. Porte Sainte-Anne

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  • Chapel Saint-Gervais - Heritage

    Built heritage - Chapel
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    Access is by way of Saint Gervais.The chapel Saint-Gervais was built in the 15th century for the burial of the Elzéar de Mouriès family who founded the Hospital of Orgon in 1428. The building was stone.The Priory of Saint Gervais was served by a priest to which an annuity of 599 pounds was allocated to fulfill his office. The building is stone, one of the two foothills of the west facade remains.Very damaged, she is the subject of a rehabilitation project.It is impossible to visit the Interior.

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