Provence

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  • 1. Espace Van Gogh

    Garden/Arboretum

    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

  • 2. Ateliers Thérèse Neveu

    Museum/Gallery

    The history of the craft of santon-making and other uses to which the local clay was put—faience and hand-painted tiles—can be studied at the...Read More

  • 3. Cathédrale Notre-Dame et St-Castor

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Destroyed and rebuilt in several stages, Nîmes Cathedral was damaged by Protestants during the 16th-century Wars of Religion but still shows...Read More

  • 4. Collégiale Notre-Dame-des-Anges

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    L'Isle's 17th-century church is extravagantly decorated with gilt, faux marble, and sentimental frescoes. The double-colonnade facade commands...Read More

  • 5. Collégiale St-Martin

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    St-Rémy is wrapped by a lively commercial boulevard, lined with shops and cafés and anchored by its 19th-century church Collégiale St-Martin...Read More

  • 6. Église St-Trophime

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Classed as a world treasure by UNESCO, this extraordinary Romanesque church alone would justify a visit to Arles. The side aisles date to the...Read More

  • 7. Jardin du Pharo

    Pharo | Garden/Arboretum

    The Pharo, another larger-than-life edifice built to Napoléon III's epic tastes, was a gift to his wife, Eugénie. It's a conference center now...Read More

  • 8. Jardins de la Fontaine

    Garden/Arboretum

    The Jardins de la Fontaine, an elaborate formal garden, was landscaped on the site of the Roman baths in the 18th century, when the Source de...Read More

  • 9. Le Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol

    Museum/Gallery

    You can study miniature dioramas of scenes from Pagnol stories here. The characters are all santons, including superb portraits of a humpback...Read More

  • 10. Musée Archéologique et d'Histoire Naturelle

    Museum/Gallery

    This old Jesuit college houses a wonderful collection of local archaeological finds, including sarcophagi, beautiful pieces of Roman glass,...Read More

  • 11. Musée d'Art

    Museum/Gallery

    The collection here includes paintings by Vernet and Fragonard as well as postwar abstract art and the cartoon-influenced Di Rosa brothers. ...Read More

  • 12. Musée de la Légion Étrangère

    Museum/Gallery

    Another claim to fame for Aubagne: it's the headquarters for the French Foreign Legion. The legion was created in 1831, and accepts recruits...Read More

  • 13. Musée des Docks Romains

    Vieux Port | Museum/Gallery

    In 1943 Germans destroyed the neighborhood along the Quai du Port—some 2,000 houses—displacing 20,000 citizens, but this act of brutal urban...Read More

  • 14. Musée du Vieux Nîmes

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the 17th-century bishop's palace opposite the cathedral, this museum shows off garments embroidered in the exotic and vibrant style...Read More

  • 15. Musée du Vin Maison Brotte

    Museum/Gallery

    There's no better way to learn about the local wine production than to spend an hour at the Musée du Vin Maison Brotte. This private collection...Read More

  • 16. Musée Estienne de Saint-Jean

    Museum/Gallery

    You'll find an eclectic assortment of local treasures inside this 17th-century mansion, from faïence to santons (terra-cotta figurines) to...Read More

  • 17. Musée Requien

    Museum/Gallery

    Don't bother to rush to this eccentric little natural history museum, but since it's next door to the Calvet Museum (and free) you might want...Read More

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