Fontaine de Vaucluse : source of inspiration of the Muses
FOUNTAIN OF VAUCLUSE : source of inspiration of the Muses.
Charming site, that is discovered at the bottom of a valley, closed by an impressive cliff of 754.60 ft (Vallis Clausa).
At the foot of this cliff springs the most beautiful river of the “department” called Sorgue, which clear waters run through the village situated a few hundred yards downstream. This source is the most powerful in Europe, and one of the most important in the world, by its volume of water flow : 630 millions of m3 a year. The water goes out of an abyss, a sort of collector of subterranean rivers, the depth of which remains a mystery : more of 984 ft.
Antique place of pilgrimage, former summer residence of Cavaillon bishops, the beauty of this solitary location seduced numerous poets such as Boccace, Mistral, Châteaubriand, Char. Petrarch remains the one whose the name is unquestionably and eternally linked to the place. This is where he sang there his love for Laura, and the clear waters, inspiring him his most beautiful poetry.