Saint Rémy de Provence the small capital of the Alpilles
SAINT REMY DE PROVENCE : the small capital of the Alpilles.
This charming little town at the foot of the Alpilles, owns an exceptional cultural heritage: the themes that can be evoked by strolling through the city are numerous and exciting : - "the Antiques" wonderful group of roman buildings : a mausoleum (the best preserved of the Roman world) and a city arch (which inspired many architects and painters for centuries), archaeological digs of Glanum uncovered some of the oldest urban remains in Europe, the Pyramid farmhouse (installed in an old Roman stone quarry), the asylum in Saint Paul de Mausole which occupies the premises of a former Benedictine abbey, where Van Gogh lived the last years of his life and where he painted over 150 paintings, Nostradamus’s birthplace, St Martin’s church where he was baptized.
It was also the craddle of some famous provencal poets, such as Joseph Roumanille a founder of Félibrige (a cultural society for the promotion of the provencal langauage and traditions), place of inspiration for many artists such as Charles Gounod, who composed here his famous opera "Mireille" after Mistral’s poem.
The city is also particularly pleasant because it hosts many art galleries and a variety of fine shops.