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  • 1. Abbaye de Montmajour

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This magnificent Romanesque abbey looming over the marshlands north of Arles stands in partial ruin. Begun in the 10th century by a handful...Read More

  • 2. Abbaye de Sénanque

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If you've fantasized about Provence's famed lavender fields, head to the wild valley some 4 km (2½ miles) north of Gordes (via D177), where...Read More

  • 3. Arènes

    Ruins

    Rivaled only by the even better-preserved version in Nîmes, the arena dominating old Arles was built in the 1st century AD to seat 21,000 people...Read More

  • 4. Arènes

    Ruins

    The best-preserved Roman amphitheater in the world is a miniature of the Colosseum in Rome (note the small carvings of Romulus and Remus, the...Read More

  • 5. Caumont Centre d'Art

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the glorious Hôtel de Caumont, one of the city's most spectacular 18th-century mansions, this arts center opened in May 2015 after...Read More

  • 6. Collection Lambert

    Museum/Gallery

    Known for the breadth of its collection as well as the scope of its exhibitions, the Lambert—a must-see for contemporary art lovers—reopened...Read More

  • 7. Espace Van Gogh

    Garden

    A strikingly resonant site, this was the hospital to which the tortured artist repaired after cutting off his earlobe. Its courtyard has been...Read More

  • 8. Jardins de Salagon and Priory

    Garden

    On a site occupied since the Gallo-Roman period, this picturesque 11th- to 12th-century priory—a rich archaeological site classed as a Historic...Read More

  • 9. Musée d'Histoire de Marseille

    Vieux Port | Museum/Gallery

    With the Port Antique in front, this modern, open-space museum illuminates Massalia's history with a treasure trove of archaeological finds...Read More

  • 10. Musée Granet

    Museum/Gallery

    Once the École de Dessin (Art School) that granted Cézanne a second-place prize in 1856, the former priory of the Église St-Jean-de-Malte now...Read More

  • 11. Navette Maritime

    Vieux Port | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    In keeping with the Vieux Port's substantially spiffed-up image, the Marseille regional transportation service now offers an efficient public...Read More

  • 12. Palais des Papes

    Castle/Palace

    This colossal palace creates a disconcertingly fortresslike impression, underlined by the austerity of its interior. Most of the original furnishings...Read More

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  • 13. Patricia Wells's Cooking Classes

    Educational Institution

    While Vaison has centuries-old attractions, the most popular for Americans may well now be Patricia Wells's Cooking Classes. A living monument...Read More

  • 14. Pavillon de Vendôme

    Historic Home

    This extravagant Baroque villa was built in 1665 as a country house for the Duke of Vendôme; its position just outside the city's inner circle...Read More

  • 15. Pont du Gard

    Ruins

    The ancient Roman aqueduct is shockingly noble in its symmetry, the rhythmic repetition of arches resonant with strength, testimony to an engineering...Read More

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  • 16. Rocher des Doms

    Garden

    Set on a bluff above town, this lush hilltop garden has grand Mediterranean pines, a man-made lake (complete with camera-ready swans), plus...Read More

  • 17. Abbaye St-André Gardens

    Garden

    Don't miss the formal Italianate gardens of Fort St-André, littered with remains of the abbey that preceded the fortifications. The gardens...Read More

  • 18. Abbaye St-Victor

    Rive Neuve | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in the 4th century by St. Cassien, who sailed into Marseille full of fresh ideas on monasticism that he acquired in Palestine and Egypt...Read More

  • 19. Ancienne Halle aux Grains

    Ruins

    Built in 1761, this former grain market serves as a post office today—a rather spectacular building for a prosaic service. The frieze, portraying...Read More

  • 20. Arc de Triomphe

    Ruins

    North of the city center is the Arc de Triomphe, which once straddled the Via Agrippa between Lyon and Arles. Three arches support a heavy double...Read More

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