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  • 1. Espace Van Gogh


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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