Musee Reattu

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.
BACKGROUND
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.

  • Public car park
Partners
My Provence Pass

A free entry for Bouches-du-Rhône inhabitants with the My Provence Pass!

See the offer

Information provided by OT Arles

Nearby

  1. Garden Cafe - counter Calendal

    Cuisine de Provence

    Read more
  2. Arles Rental 1

    Holiday rental

    Read more
  3. L'olivier

    Holiday rental

    Read more
  4. Vacances En Famille

    Holiday rental

    Read more

Where to stay

Porte de Camargue
Hotel

Porte de Camargue

Arles

Hotel with terrace, 25 air-conditioned rooms including 20 accessible by lift, equipped with WC, shower or bathtub, dry hair, safety box, satellite TV, telephone, free Wifi.

Le Loft Genive La Roquette
Holiday rental

Le Loft Genive La Roquette

Arles

Beautiful loft full foot bright, renovated in respect of the sector saved, located in a lovely street pedestrian and quiet of Arugula, 2 not downtown, docks of the Rhone and of all trade. Fully equipped modern kitchen, bathroom with bathtub, a separate bedroom, sheets, towels, tea towels, free…

First class
Hotel

First class

Arles

Hotel Première Classe 1 star with rooms with shower, WC, television and free Wifi.A hotel that can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child or 3 adults without extra charge. (room with a double bed and a trundle bed).Small rooms with all the comfort shower and WC (narrow certainly but convenient), TV,…

The Vagabond
B&B

The Vagabond

Arles

Great bed and breakfast, consisting of two connecting rooms for 2 to 4 people, in a bourgeois House of the 17th and 18th centuries of the historic district of the rocket.Breakfast at base of House, local products and crafts.Entered, ensuite bathroom, separate WC.Chic country decor.For your…

Mme Riera Pascale
B&B

Mme Riera Pascale

Arles

XVIIth century farmhouse completely restored on 40 hectares of land. 23 tricentenary plane trees will provide pleasant shade in summer. A beautiful swimming pool is at your disposal. We offer you peace and quiet as well as leisure choices. Located just one kilometer from the closest shops, the…

House Volver
Hotel

House Volver

Arles

A hotel thought as a home... in the heart of the historic centre, 30 metres from the arena.12 different rooms to the eclectic décor: hodgepodge of universe, objects and colors creating a universe to measure.

Vacances En Famille
Holiday rental

Vacances En Famille

Arles

Fully equipped apartment, located 2 minutes from the shopping area and 5 minutes from the centre of town, very quiet, ideal for a family, baby supplied accessories: cot, high chair, and also WII, DVD, Internet.

L'olivier
Holiday rental

L'olivier

Arles

Apartment for 4 to 6 persons in the "Village Camarguais" residence in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Camargue, situated 4 km from the city centre and 2.5 km from the commercial area Fourchon.

Le Mazet 36
Holiday rental

Le Mazet 36

Arles

Our "typical of Camargue" residence is a model of provencal village.Our accomodations, no. 35 and no. 36 are located in a site of tourism with many activities, all available for tenants. The residence is perfectly closed and secure. Our accomodations, inside this residence have a garden enclosed…

Things to do

The pink polka dot
Craftsman

The pink polka dot

Arles

Creative space 'Audrey's accessories' showroom Studio-boutique for the creation of women's ready-to-wear clothing in sizes 34 to 44. Limited series and one-of-a-kind items.

Colors of Arles - The shirts of the gardian
Craftsman

Colors of Arles - The shirts of the gardian

Arles

This small family business has made a specialty of Gardian clothing, these guardians of Camargue manade: how Indian shirt, black velvet jackets, trousers in "Mole skin" adorned on the side with a thin black lace skirts covered... Models, the colors of Camargue and Provence, are entirely…

Méli Labo
Clay

Méli Labo

Arles

Deco designs, fashion accessories

The Alyscamps
Monument

The Alyscamps

Arles

In Antiquity, cemeteries were always outside the walls of the town and were often located along major roads. At the start of the Empire, cremation graves, sarcophogi and mausolea were dotted along the side of the Via Aurelia, creating a vast necropolis. However, the cemetery became extremely…

Boutique Christian Lacroix
Fashion / shopping

Boutique Christian Lacroix

Arles

Boutique Christian Lacroix, style unique, exubérant, coloré et baroque.

Santons Henri Vezolles
Christmas crib figures

Santons Henri Vezolles

Arles

Individual hand-made items in 2, 3 or 4 natural, oxidation-dyed colours. The decoration is painted in slip (clay diluted in water). Visits by appointment only.

Roland Gilles workshop
Craftsman

Roland Gilles workshop

Arles

Wrought iron Art, metal carpentry, automation.

The Bouton d'Or
Craftsman

The Bouton d'Or

Arles

Bouton d'Or is a handcrafted clothing boutique. This old hosiery from the historical centre of Arles was taken over in June 2013 by two Nanceiennes designers who have turned it into workshop where they sell their production as well as other craftsmen in the region or their knowledge. All proposed…

Mélani Frères
Craftsman

Mélani Frères

Arles

A few minutes from Arles is a remarkable studio which produces 18th and 19th century Provençal-style furniture. Olivier Mélani is a passionate cabinet-maker skilled at working with walnut, beech and even lime. Everything here is reminiscent of our region, from the aroma of the processed wood to…

Where to eat

Gueule du Loup
Food guide restaurant

Gueule du Loup

Arles

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…

Next to the bistro
Food guide restaurant

Next to the bistro

Arles

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…

Best Western Hôtel Atrium
Cuisine de Provence

Best Western Hôtel Atrium

Arles

Discover the BEST WESTERN hotel Atrium restaurant in Arles: taste totally reinvented Provencal cuisine, which offers Mediterranean accents and sunny plates. The pastry chef, meanwhile will delight the most gourmet palate...And to taste our dishes as it should, you will have the choice between our…

Le Réfectoire
Table 13

Le Réfectoire

Arles

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…

Galoubet
Food guide restaurant

Galoubet

Arles

Bistro cuisine around the fireplace in winter and under the arbour when the weather is warm (foie gras, artichoke hearts, veal liver, catfish, roast pineapple, poached pears, etc.).

Thyme bar
Table 13

Thyme bar

Arles

Les Milhau are masters in the art of satisfying guests with their charming and relaxed welcome, traditional and faultless home-made Provencal cuisine, a pleasant terrace and reasonable prices. Simple and fuss-free quality.

Saint Pierre
Food guide restaurant

Saint Pierre

Arles

Helena in the kitchen prepares traditional local cuisine, among other specialities such as bouillabaisse, the bourride lotte, aioli and prepared meals of grand mother, restaurant Saint Pierre is located in the city centre of Arles in the District of Trinquetaille, only the Rhone bridge isolates…

Chardon
Food guide restaurant

Chardon

Arles

Thistle is a place of life, located sharing and Exchange in the centre of Arles at 35-37 rue des Arènes, main artery of the old centre.This is a Bistro/bar, which offers small plates, a selection of live wines and a map of original cocktails. Any offer is focused on the maximum use of local…

Autruche
Food guide restaurant

Autruche

Arles

'Neo-bistro' restaurant with a beautiful terrace in the town centre. Modern cuisine and fresh produce in this 'house' which is starting to make a name for itself.

Inspirations

The bouillabaisse of Marseille

The bouillabaisse of Marseille

Bouillabaisse, an ancient treasure and epic adventure...

The Cagole

The Cagole

Art de vivre

Translation our version of the Essex girl…

The Three Kings Cake

The Three Kings Cake

Tradition

Epiphany in Provence is like nowhere else!

Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne

The forerunner of modern art, Cézanne is fittingly celebrated today in his home town of Aix-en-Provence, magnificently portrayed in his work. For the last 40 years, this illustrious painter has been setting the pace for the region's artistic life.