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
"You are in the heart of the city"!When we located the place of the Forum on the map of city of Arles it is difficult to appoint its position otherwise.To the rhythm of the heart, lives the microcosm of the place of the Forum: to the right of the statue of Mistral, the coffee the night guard its…
Barge Saint Louis
An unusual way to stay? A houseboat, of course!Not far from the city centre, heading south towards the Van Gogh Bridge, the urban landscape gives way to nature and boats floating on the calm waters of the Canal from Arles to Bouc. Between them, the Saint Louis, a former commercial boat of 1930…
L'Ancien Moulin à Tabac
Terraced house on 2 levels with outdoor area with a barbecue and a space for bikes. Located in a quiet and typical Arles. The accommodation is close to the historical and cultural heritage of the city of Arles, 10 minutes walk from the train station, the city centre and all amenities. Free…
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.
MAS of little paradise
Isabelle and Michel welcome you at Mas of the paradise. Enjoy the Park and the pool during your stay. An organic breakfast is served!The House is located a few minutes from the historical centre of Arles, on the world heritage of UNESCO, shopping malls to 5 minutes. The Alpilles and the Camargue…
Le Mazet 36
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…
Les Hameaux de Camargue
At the gates of the Regional natural park near the city center of Arles, the hamlets of Camargue Camargue"welcome you on the banks of a lake surrounded by greenery. Fully equipped for 2 to 6 people, the apartments and villas will charm you for your stay, business or leisure, for a night, a…
Things to do
At Arles, the provencal costume is an institution. Relaunched at the end of the 19th century by Frédéric Mistral, l ' arlésienne symbolizes the cultural identity of the territory. Located at the entrance of the historic centre, shop Souleïado transports you into this universe typically…
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…
Primatiale Saint Trophime
Date: 12th and 15th centuries Era: Middle Ages Type: Religious architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles and listed as a national Historic Monument in 1840 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in1981 The Christian community of Arles was one of the first in Gaul, with the presence of a Bishop…
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…
The District of la Roquette
This district dates back to the Middle Ages and was for a long time the favourite district of mariners; the La Roquette district remains one of the most attractive in town. Its original urban herringbone layout features attractive narrow and sometimes raised houses between the Quai du Rhône and…
Leon discovers the world crafts and jewellery by chance from a meeting in adulthood, at the meeting. He then began a new life with the desire to learn this new job that passionate about. In 2000, he established his shop and joined the exclusive club of 12 ecaillistes craftsmen of the meeting.…
Cryptoportico of the Forum
Date: Late 1st century BC.Time: Antiquity Type: public Architecture of Community status: property of the city of Arles classified as Monument historique (1841) the Unesco World Heritage (1981).The cryptoportico form the bedrock, the invisible part of the forum, the Roman city's central public…
Arlette est le Colette arlésien. Autrefois installé dans Le Magasin de Jouet (drôle de nom pour une galerie d'art), les jolies collections ont pris leur envol vers la rue de la Liberté. Les marques les plus pointues sont au rendez-vous : Kulte, Le Slip Français, les bijoux Alpha Beta ou…
Where to eat
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…
Garden Cafe - counter Calendal
The Garden Cafe is a counter of the Calendal offering on the spot or to take light meals: bio bread sandwiches, small dishes simmered in chinaramaiah, soups, salads, while freshness, sweets, selection of teas weddings brothers, capuccino, beers etc...Pause gourmande in the salons of le Calendal…
Plaza (La Paillotte)
Restaurant located in the heart of the old Center of the city of Arles.Provence market is found in the kitchen of the Chief Stéphane Gognier, owner of his property since 2002. He loves tasty marriage of regional products, to which he brings his creativity: kitchen tradition and flavor.For lunch…
Thistle is a place of life, exchanging and sharing located in the centre of Arles. This is a restaurant that welcomes chefs in residence, who has so for goal and purpose to evolve constantly renewing.The team of the "Paris Popup" is at the origin of this project who wants to shake up the codes of…
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…
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