LES BAUX DE PROVENCE
Located in the heart of the Alpilles 5 minutes from the Hotel on a rocky plateau, the city of Les Baux de Provence dominates Arles and the Camargue and offers an exceptional panorama. Restored patiently, the city has a historical and architectural heritage with 22 listed monuments:
The Château des Baux is a unique testimony of medieval history, the Saint Vincent Church both Romanesque and Renaissance with its beautiful stained glass Max Ingrand, the Renaissance window Post Tenebras Lux, which reflects the influence of the Huguenots in the eleventh century, the mansions of the sixteenth and seventeenth century, which host art galleries and museums, such as the Museum Yves Brayer and the Museum of Santons and the Louis Jou Foundation where you will discover other treasures, not to mention the Town Hall which occupies the old Hotel de Manville.
At the foot of the village, the old quarries are the place of unprecedented shows in total image with vertiginous dimensions.
The island of Camargue is a vast plain enclosed by the two arms of the Rhone and the Mediterranean Sea. Between the Little Camargue to the west and La Crau to the east, no point of the delta reaches more than 4.50 m of altitude.
The ceaseless struggle of the Rhone and the sea, combined with the action of man have constituted over the ages a mosaic of environments and landscapes of exceptional richness.
In the north, man has made his mark by developing agricultural activities. The construction of the dike to the sea in 1859 made it possible to contain saltwater upwellings. Finally, the containment of the Rhone 10 years later, limited the floods of the Rhone regularly flooding arable land. Little by little, fields of cereals, asparagus, vineyards and intensive rice cultivation were substituted for the primitive Camargue landscapes.
To discover an authentic Gardianne Camargue, go further south. Sansouire, ponds and marshes dominate the landscape, although they gradually regress against the expansion of agricultural, saline, urban and tourist areas. The protection of this natural area, however, conditions the diversity and ecological balance of the Camargue fauna and flora and the existence of natural pastures essential to maintaining the traditional breeding of the bull and the Camargue horse.
SITE ARCHEOLOGIQUE DE GLANUM
Route des Baux de Provence 13210 Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Tél. : 04 90 92 23 79
Fax : 04 90 92 35 07
The Glanum site was inhabited by indigenous peoples since the 6th BC. JC.
Around the 2nd century BC JC, the city is hellenise in contact with the Greek merchants of Marseille.
It will then be colonized by Rome from the 1st century BC to the 3rd century after.
The conjunction of the presence of water, stone and communications has favored the development of a Celtic-Ligurian sanctuary quickly Hellenized. In Greek times Glanum has a dual religious and commercial vocation that will be confirmed by the Roman conquest.
Glanum attains the rank of Latin colony and the large public buildings, civil and religious found in all the Roman cities, replace the old buildings.
Around 260, barbarian invasions destroy the city. The survivors then founded 1km north of the village which will take the name of St Remy de Provence. The city in ruins will be quickly buried and forgotten. The excavations did not begin until 1921.
One can still see there the great monuments, arranged along a central street, which characterize the cities of Imperial Rome, the temples, the basilica, the Forum, the Curia, the baths and the houses.
Du 1er Avril au 30 septembre (Close on Monday in septembre):
from 9h30AM to 6h30PM
1er novembre, 11 novembre, 25 décembre et 1er mai
8,00 euros (adulte more 25 years old)
6,50 euros (groupes adulte from 20 personn,
Free under 18 year old
Renseignements : 04 90 92 23 79