Posts Tagged “architecture”

The popes’ palace secret life

The popes’ palace secret life

You probably know or have heard about the Pope’s Palace, home of the papacy from 1309 to 1377. A magnificent gothic and totally megalomanic building, build in several stages but only in a short period of time considering it’s extent (160 000 square ft). You might be less familiar with the numerous beast that inhabit…

Abbaye du Thoronet

Abbaye du Thoronet

The “jewel” of Cistercian abbeys. Built between 1160 and 1230, Le Thoronet Abbey, together with Silvacane and Sénanque, is one of three Cistercian abbeys in Provence. In danger of falling into disrepair after the French Revolution, restoration work began on this masterpiece in 1841. An example for contemporary architecture. Generations of architects were inspired by the…

Chapelle St Quenin, Vaison-la-Romaine

Chapelle St Quenin, Vaison-la-Romaine

You can’t miss this beautiful construction, as it’s imposing romanesque architecture grace the town’s entrance. The Chapel was built in the XIIIe century, the nave and facade were restored in the XVIIe century, but the remarquable apse dates back to the XIIIe c. and offers an unusual triangular shape on the outside. The classical code…

Vaison-la-Romaine’s cathedral and cloister

Vaison-la-Romaine’s cathedral and cloister

While Vaison-la-Romaine is best known for it’s extensive Romain sites, it also boasts some lovely medieval architecture. If like me, you are an old stone amateur, you should find happiness without having to go very far! Some views of the romanesque cathedral and cloister, conveniently located next to the Biocoop, the local organic supermarket (or…

Arles, sightseeing

Arles, sightseeing

If you feel like venturing even further, Arles is a little town worth exploring, with charming streets, churches, cloisters, hotels particuliers and a photography festival, Les Rencontres d’Arles, that pops’ in all of the above mentioned places, not to miss! Arles’ Roman Amphithéâtre     Musee départemental Arles Antique:  

Orange, the Roman theatre and the triumphal arch

Orange, the Roman theatre and the triumphal arch

We in Vaison are very proud of our Roman ruins and much loved Roman theatre, but we must admit that Orange’s is definitely worth the trip. It is unique because of it’s immense scenic back wall, still intact, that gives it’s distinctive acoustic to this magic place. It is the home of the Choregies d’Orange,…

Perched villages of Provence

Perched villages of Provence

Medieval times where rough: villages where often built in naturally defensive sites, or had fortifications. Perched villages in the area have very much kept their timeless feeling due to old stones and stringent building and renovation norms. The bell tower is also remarkable with their transparent ironwork top, you can spot them from a distance….

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