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Provence Villa -- Vacation Rental

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The Celts, Gauls and Romans have left their mark all over France, but arguably notimage : Glanum, les 'Antiques' - Mausolée des Jules et Arc de Triomphe sur la Via Domitia. as prominently as in Provence.  The Gallo-Roman ruins at Glanum are considered the finest in France.  Leaving St. Remy de Provence on the road to Les Beaux you will find the ruins of Glanum, originally a Celtic town dating back over twenty five hundred years.  The Musée Archéologique  located at the rue di Parage in St. Remy has a collection of the artifacts unearthed since 1921, when Glanum was discovered.


The Pont du Gard is said to be the second tallest standing Roman ruin today, just three feet shorter than the walls of the coliseum in Rome.  The aqueduct carried fresh water to the city of Nimes, some fifty kilometers from the source of the water.


Avignon has the best preserved Medieval walls surrounding the town center, as well as the Palace of the Popes, built following the move of the papacy to Avignon in 1305. Tours of the palace are available.

Nimes has a wonderfully preserved Roman temple, called La Maison Caree as well as an arena and other antiquities.

Arles has an antique theater as well as a very well preserved arena, a smaller version of the coliseum in Rome.

Montpelier and Orange each have an Arc de Triomphe, monuments built to commemorate Roman victories

Orange has one of the best preserved Roman Theaters, still used to this day for concerts, and open to tourists.

Vaison la Romaine has a lovely park built among Roman ruins in the heart of the town.

Carpentras has the oldest synagogue in France, dating to the fifteenth century, as well as the city walls and fortifications and several roman statues and arches inside the old city.

Additionally, many towns still have remnants of old fortifications and castles.  These can be seen on hilltops as you drive through the countryside.  Vaison la Romaine, Le Beaux, Barroux are but three of the villages that have castles.

Finally we have the cathedrals, churches and abbeys, many of them dating back to the twelfth and even tenth centuries.  The cathedral in Marseille is worth a visit, as is the eighteenth century abbey at Senanque, with its fragrant fields of lavender.



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Last modified: May 2010