Saint Etienne du Grès

Le patrimoine de Saint Etiennes du Grès - Provence Pays d'Arles - Yvon Fruneau

Nestled against the side of the Alpilles, Saint-Etienne-du-Grès acts as a crossroads between Saint-Rémy de Provence, Arles and Tarascon. The area around the small town is dotted with attractive, recently restored properties - farmhouses, small private houses and 'bastides'.

In the heart of the Alpilles, Saint-Etienne du Grès invites you to share in its traditions and the incomparable charm of its hills.

 Moving a bit further from the centre of the village, there are some wonderful walks on the slopes of the Alpilles, in the shade of the pine trees. The heights witness processions of pilgrims climbing to Notre-Dame-du-Château chapel, which is perched on a rocky outcrop. From here you will have a superb view of the Vallée des Baux and Saint-Rémy de Provence. Saint-Etienne du Grès is renowned for its traditions and celebrates Provençal culture with a number of events, such as the pilgrimage to Notre Dame du Château, the festivals of Saint Eloi and the courses camarguaises.

Saint-Etienne du Grès is an ideal place to stay in the heart of the Alpilles and has some wonderful accommodation (hotel, restaurants, gîtes and guest rooms) and a number of local shops. Saint-Etienne du Grès is also the site of one of the last factories to still produce Provençal fabrics, Les Olivades, whose shop is open to visitors. The large local producers' market held every day except Sunday forms an important part of the commune's identity.

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A benevolent natural environment and a favourable climate mean that the soil of PROVENCE PAYS D’ARLES is superb, producing six recognised products: the Camargue Bull AOP, Camargue rice, Wine from the Vallée des Baux de Provence AOP, Olive Oil from the Vallée des Baux AOP, the Cracked Green Olive AOP and the Black Olive AOP. You cannot leave until you have tasted them all!
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  • Compagnie L'Eléphant Vert - Art and culture

    Artist's studio and art gallery - Artist's studio
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    Theatre company and place of residence for companies

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  • Musée du Riz

    The rice Museum - Art and culture

    Museums - Museum
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    In the heart of Camargue, ideally placed in the middle of rice plantations, the Rice Museum is a place steeped in history. The buildings are the birthplace of the Bongran factory, a pioneering business in the production and marketing of organic rice founded by Joseph Bon, the father of Robert. The Bongran factory joined the Heureuse Camargue Group and was moved to Gimeaux, just outside Arles. The pioneering techniques developed by Joseph and Robert Bon, such as the natural drying of rice by the Mistral, are still practised today.

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  • Maison de la chasse et de la nature - Art and culture

    Museums - Museum
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    The Maison de la Chasse et de la Nature opened its doors in September 2008. This museum aims to introduce the public to the art of hunting and the natural wealth of La Crau, Camargue and the Alpilles. The Maison de la Chasse et de la Nature is the result of a two-fold ambition. In addition to discovering the region's natural heritage, different nature-lovers can come together with the common objective of preservation. On the ground floor, permanent exhibitions are displayed in three sections.

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  • Toy Martingale - Art and culture

    Theatre, cinema, Concerts - Cultural centre and other cultural sites
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    This site, dedicated to games for people of all ages, is also a place for sharing, meetings and enjoyment. Whether you want to play on the premises or borrow games, the team at the Ludothèque Martingale will be pleased to see you. The Toy Library also provides an opportunity for Martingale to pool its resources by sharing the site with associations, such as Môm’Arles (artistic childcare) and Premier Regard (image education).

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  • Exposition au musée Souleiado à Tarascon

    Souleïado - Art and culture

    Museums - Museum
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    The Souléiado Museum was created in a private mansion which housed an Indian printing site from 1806. This society museum combines the history of our Provence with the traditional production of cotton fabrics. There are printed textiles with colourful motifs known as 'Indian textiles', which are now Provençal fabrics. In this museum, you will discover rare examples of Provençal costumes, wonderful stitching and charming reconstructions of former scenes from everyday life in Provence.

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  • Espace pour l'art - Art and culture

    Artist's studio and art gallery - Art gallery
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    Asssociation Asphodelus organizes 'in situ' exhibitions in its gallery and the cryptoportico "space for art", works of contemporary art.

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  • 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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  • Cinéma Gérard Philipe - Art and culture

    Theatre, cinema, Concerts - Cinema
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    Cinema Gérard Philip welcomes you with 240 seats. It has a scene of 12 m x 8 m and underwent a renovation during the 3rd quarter of 2010. With an area of 350 m² room Gérard Philipe welcomes every year a fortnight of shows where music, dance, theatre succession.Equipped with an infrastructure in the film cabin, it also offers, three times per week, a film programming intended for all audiences. In addition to this programming, it multiplies the shares in school time: College in Cinema, the Cinema school.The projections are digital or 3D.

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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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Heritage (244)

  • Ancien hôpital (Le Roudelet) - Heritage

    Other heritage - Hospital (Historical monument)
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    This was the village hospital in the 17th century. The building then had several functions, including as a hall for community council meetings and a girls' school. The Chapel belonged to the Nuns of Saint-Joseph-des-Vans (from 1849), who devoted themselves to educating the young children of Maillane. This building, a gift from the Hermitte d’Armelin family, is currently home to Le Roudelet: the club of the 3rd age and the Maison des Associations.

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  • Lavoir - Heritage

    Built heritage - Wash house
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    Built in the reign of Napoleon III, this construction has two distinctive features, namely the fact that its timbers are placed at an angle, while the women stood upright to do their washing.

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  • Lavoir couvert - Heritage

    Built heritage - Wash house
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    A former covered wash house, which was restored in 1996. Timbers on square pillars. This is one of the few standing wash houses, where the women washed standing up.

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  • Eglise Saint Michel de Frigolet - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    In the centre of the monastery, St Michel Church and the Cloister plunge us into the purity of 12th century Romanesque art. Some rooms around the cloister, such as the chapter, have a 17th century vault. It is still possible to take part in community services. St Michel church, where most services take place, is a place of silence, prayer and personal adoration.

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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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  • 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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  • Hôtels particuliers de Tarascon - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Stately home
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    The prosperity of the town of Tarascon led to a number of noble families settling there from the 15th century. Aristocrats, bourgeois, traders and clergymen who wanted to make their mark on the urban landscape built splendid private residences here. Thanks to their wonderful exterior decoration, the façades of these mansions testify to many different individual solutions, replaced by the magnificent expression of Provençal Mannerism in the early 17th century, a low-key period for architecture in Provence.

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  • Tour Saint Louis

    Tour Saint Louis - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Tower - Belfry - Bell-tower
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    The ground floor of this 18th century historic monument is the tourist office and the first floor houses the largest ornithological collection in Camargue. The second floor is home to permanent exhibitions and the terrace offers a magnificent view of the Grand Rhône and the salt marshes.

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  • Eglise Saint Vérédème - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    Saint Vérédème Church was built in the Romanesque style, fortified in the 14th century and then extended in the 19th century. Its old square tower is now a bell tower. The church comprises a broken barrel nave and a semi-circular apse. Saint Vérédème Church and its bell tower are listed as regional Historic Monuments.

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  • Fountain Amédée Pichot - Heritage

    Built heritage - Fountain
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    Date: 1887 Era: 19th century Type: Commemorative architecture Status: Public domain Commissioned by: Pierre-Amédée Pichot Contractor: Joseph Flandrin The enamel medallion of Paul Balze The building has a fountain built against the wall and was inspired by the one on the Place Saint Michel in Paris. The focus of its architecture is to highlight the central medallion, made of enamel on ceramic tiles, and sometimes incorrectly called a mosaic.

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