Posts Tagged “Medieval”

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…

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 Haute Ville

Vaison-la-Romaine’s Haute Ville

We usually visit the medieval town with friends, letting them do the photos… This time, with a delightful evening light, I set up on a photo hunt through the stony streets of the medieval Ville Haute.. Coming from the “new” town, one crosses the Roman bridge (the only one to withstand the terrible 1992 flood…

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…

Medieval Vaison: la Ville Haute

Medieval Vaison: la Ville Haute

In troubled medieval times, villages tended to be perched on high grounds in order to be easier to defend. Vaison is no exception, it’s Ville Haute still keeps it’s very narrow cooled streets that keep wonderfully fresh in the summer.   “Des pierres et des Hommes, histoires mur-murées”, an outdoor photographic exhibition, is  set up on…

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:  

Avignon, the Popes Palace and the festival

Avignon, the Popes Palace and the festival

Avignon is mostly known by it’s half built bridge, giving birth to eponymous rhyme, and it’s medieval palace, built in several stage by the different Popes who reigned here during the XIVth century. Visiting the palace is fascinating if you have the slightest interest in old stones and architecture.   Several models show the different…

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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