Arles - Cultural place
Formerly known as the Grand Prieuré de l'Ordre de Malte (Grand Priory of the Order of Malta).
The Grand Priory was originally formed of two adjoining commanderies, each built around an inner courtyard. Of the Saliers commandery built in the 15th century, the southern façade of the inner courtyard, a superb vaulted hall on the ground floor and the large first floor room overlooking the river, which was used as a studio by Jacques Réattu, are still outstanding. The Saint Thomas commandery, which became the Grand Priory, was also built around an inner courtyard; this was made smaller in 1640 by the construction of a majestic grand staircase to replace the old spiral staircase. On each floor, loggias bordered with balustrades, opening onto the light of the courtyard, connect the rooms.
Built in 1503 with a street-facing façade, the late Gothic style chapel has a flat chevet topped with three vaulted bays with intersecting ribs and emblazoned pendentive keystones. The room above the chapel housed the archives. The northern main building, made more prestigious by the presence of the river, sums up the architectural history of the building. It has retained parts of mullioned windows and lattice work replaced by wide windows in the 18th century. The top of the façade reveals a mediaeval décor of crenellations and false machicolations adorned with superb gargoyles. The entrance door on rue du Grand-Prieuré, topped with a canted wall fronton, dates back to the 17th century.
The Knights of the Order of Malta (or the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem) is a community of monks-soldiers founded during the crusades in the 11th century. The Order is divided into commanderies, grouped together by territory under the authority of the Grand Prior. The former commandery of Saint Thomas was built in 1358 after the destruction of the commandery founded in Trinquetaille in the 12th century. It became the Grand Priory in 1562, after the pillage of that of Saint Gilles during the Religious Wars.
It was rebuilt in the 17th century, primarily by one of its most famous Priors, Honoré Quiqueran de Beaujeu. A decree of 1615 ruled that the Grand Priors would live there. The commandery thus became the Grand Priory of the 48 commanderies of the language of Provence. The two buildings were seized in 1792 and sold as national assets to the collector and painter Jacques Réattu, in several sales between 1796 and 1827. His daughter, an heir with no descendants, sold the buildings and collections to the town for a life annuity; the town turned them into the Public Fine Arts Museum in 1868.
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Where to stay
La Maison Blanche
The apartment is located 10 minutes walk from the historic centre in a quiet area. 20 m² terrace is equipped with a living room of garden, sun beds and parasol allowing you to enjoy a nice view on a flowered park. You have 2 comfortable lounges equipped with a television. The kitchen is…
The farmhouse is located next to Arles and the Camargue, on a small country road. It offers 2 gites (a 3rd one is under construction) and a caravan. On a large fenced plot with olive groves and green spaces, secured swimming pool (10x5m) from April to September (9h/20h), gym (fitness equipment),…
Beautiful loft duplex of 145 m 2 (ceiling painted 5 meters of height to the French). This bright loft with two beautiful courses on each side, a side lounge is located south, with very green pergola, the other side kitchen has a wall of 20 m2.The apartment has three bedrooms with beds for two…
Le Gite De Monplaisir
Cottage new, in a contemporary style, composed a very bright living room opening onto the large covered terrace facing South, with sofa BZ, bed 140, open kitchen (dishwasher), bathroom with toilet, mezzanine bedroom bed 140, plenty of storage.Services: shady garden with barbecue and sun…
La Maison Arlésienne - appartement 1er étage
This fully renovated apartment is located in the heart of the historic centre of Arles, between the Arenas and Forum Square. All amenities are in close proximity but the environment is very quiet. It is located on the first floor of a small building.Functional and well equipped, you can stay…
A tour in Arles
A tour in Arles, at the foot of the luma Tower and the photo school, close to the old Center, loft type apartment on the ground floor with private parking. Bakery, newsagent, pharmacy, 20 meters. The luma Tower is visible from the living room, not to them from your recently renovated rental. We…
The youth hostel is located close to the city centre and major tourist attractions of the region.This proximity will allow you to enjoy your holiday. Day cultural visits or sporting activities to start and in the evening discover the sweetness of life of the youth hostel.
Things to do
We have been cabinet-makers in Arles since May 1968 and specialise in the creation of 'antique-style', patinated, white-leaded and gold-leaf furniture; we respect beautiful furniture and its quality. We became interior designers by developing our design office to meet the requirements of the…
Date: End of the first century BC Era: Antiquity Type: Public cultural architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles, listed as a national Historic Monument in 1840 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. The Roman Theatre of Arles, which preceded its famous neighbour the amphitheatre by a…
The business of Art
Passionate about textiles and natural fibres, Marie Hélène DESORT learned manual weaving in 1975, with the master Weaver Pierre RYALL, and created his boutique Studio in Arles, his hometown. The entire range of clothing and colourful accessories are manufactured and assembled in the workshop.…
The Major coffee
Coffees from the Major adventure lasts since 1935, year of creation of favorable business. Already installed in the historic district of the hauture, two steps from the Church of the Major, the Amphitheatre and the Roman Theatre, the small business provides homes and Arles coffee a product of…
Aurélie GUILLEMIN a réalisé un parcours de 6 ans en école d'art du bijou à Lyon. Forte de la maîtrise des techniques et gestes traditionnels, elle crée son atelier, se libère peu à peu des codes et explore de nouvelles possibilités. Par curiosité, elle franchit le pas vers de nouveaux…
" Arles in winter " special offer : 20% off on our entire stock (except for current sales or promotions) " Le Château du Bois " is a well-known brand of excellence in the realm of natural cosmetics. All their cosmetics are “made in France” and share a dream setting with the magnificent…
Tonello, located in Arles, is a unique in its field, specialising in two different but complementary areas: the creation of reinforced concrete staircases cast on site and the production and laying of the coating. the laying of poured granite or 'Venetian terrace' flooring and the production…
Where to eat
Simone & Paulette
Simone & Paulette is the encounter of Caroline and Numa, two arlésiens who share the same passion for their city, cuisine and hospitality, and who wish to put their talent and their energy at the service of lovers of Arles.Simone & Paulette, is above all a State of mind. Share happy moments…
Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop
Every gourmet knows his name: Jean-Luc Rabanel is one of the stars of French gastronomy and a major personality, who has been tending to his kitchen garden for over 30 years. A master of vegetables, spokesman for organic produce and pioneer of the "locavore" local food trend, this chef transcends…
Gueule du Loup
There are no bobbins to pull here and no latches to go up. This little house built in 1780 offers no danger to Little Red Riding Hoods all they have to do is choose between the two dining rooms, one facing the ground floor kitchen and the other with exposed stone walls on the first floor. There's…
According Frédéric Mistral french Provençal dictionary, this table name means "eat".A bet noted since April 2018 by Dimitri Rémi, son of a restorer of vintage, spent a few years in Paris before joining his country a degree in oenology in his pocket. Fell in love for a former butchery,…
Next to the bistro
This is Jean-Luc Rabanel's second star-rated establishment, serving friendlier-priced and more family-style food. The gourmet dishes are crafted with the expertise of one of France's greatest contemporary cooks. Traditional salt cod and stewed chicken take on a whole new lease of life here. The…
With classroom chairs and shared tables, the décor is, naturally, reminiscent of childhood canteens. The rest is more state-of-the-art: the reasonably-priced menu is the work of a Michelin-starred chef (Armand Arnal, of La Chassagnette), in a converted industrial building (the former SNCF…
L'Épicerie du Cloître is a small multiple-function restaurant: it's open for aperitifs with friends, for lunch and dinner. The cuisine is simple, succulent, and dynamic. Tapas, local products, and regional wines: the menu wanders through the seasons. The seasonings travel from Provence to…
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