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
Arles En Gite
A few minutes walk from the historical centre of Arles, right bank, next to the bridge of Trinquetaille, 45 sqm apartment can receive one to five people. On the first floor of a small house Arlésienne stone, entirely restored, quiet and comfortable, overlooking the small flowered patio, it is…
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.
Bed and breakfast in quiet, at the edge of the Rhône at 5 minutes walk from the city centre of Arles. A lovely room with double bed, a large living room with sofa bed, billiards, darts, TV, fridge, coffee maker, kettle, Wifi, dishes...Garden equipped with a barbecue, a griddle, table tennis,…
Le Coin Tranquille
The House is located south and wooded, it is sans vis à vis in a quiet location and the parking is private.The House has been completely renovated in 2013 and includes two bedrooms with a double bed in one and a double bed and a single bed in the second. It is comfortable and light, full foot…
La Coquille 1
Near Arles and Camargue's tourist attractions, this country gite is adjacent to another gite on 3,000 m² of enclosed, wooded grounds. Lovely décor features mosaics and pottery made by the owner. Near railroad (300 m). Ground floor : living room/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom, shower/WC.…
Clos Des Oliviers
Furnished house located in a residential area (Trinquetaille) overlooking a shady place. It is surrounded by a garden with a barbecue complete garden furniture.It has upstairs 2 bedrooms (in one bed, 2 single beds in the other, a vast living room (with sofa bed), a kitchen, a bathroom, a separate…
La Maison De Mon Enfance
... The House of my childhood!In the heart of Provence, for a cultural holiday or discovery discover the city of Arles and these surroundings!A small house of charm, ideally located 10 minutes walk from downtown, historical monuments and shops. The Camargue, Saintes Maries of the sea, the…
Things to do
LOULOU of street
Art jewellery. Magali Favier creates fine costume jewellery from silver 925/1000 and precious materials (gold, Tahitian pearls, semi-precious pearls, etc.) only in her Arena Studio. Each item is meticulously hand-made and can be customised. They are all unique. She creates an original world of…
Space Van Gogh
Garden open and can be accessed freely during the day Former Hôtel-Dieu, also called Hôtel-Dieu-Saint-Esprit. Built in the 16th and 17th centuries, the vast quadrilateral of the Hôtel-Dieu has a two-fold context: a period of prosperity and modernisation by the town on the one hand, and a well…
I create made-to-measure Mireille costumes and the accompanying accessories. I work with passion so that you can take part in Provençal processions. You can choose from different types of lace made from cotton, muslin, tarlatan, cotton tulle and cotton fabric. I offer a large selection of…
L ' Arlésienne perfumery
For the love of Arles or for the love of perfume? Both, no doubt... Eau d'Arles is undoubtedly inspired by the beautiful Arlésiennes and their extraordinary costumes. The fineness of their elegant outfits can be found in this fragrance, which is fresh, flowery and slightly powdery. A beautiful…
Située dans le centre historique arlésien, la chapellerie Alexandre vous chapeaute en toute saison. Un belle sélection tendance et confortable vous est proposée, choisie au sein d'une dizaine de grandes maisons du chapeau. Messieurs, venez choisir votre chapeau de gardian en feutre de…
The Bouton d'Or
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…
The river Rhône
Saintes Maries de la Mer, Port Saint Louis du Rhône, Tarascon, Arles
The Rhone and its delta have not only given their name to the department, but this peaceful and majestic river also forms the backbone of the Bouches-du-Rhone. From Avignon to the Camargue beaches, the river passes through the most authentic Provençal landscapes. Famous for a long time for the…
Where to eat
Meeting of traditional and regional recipes, restaurant gourmet Lou Marquès (renovated in 2014 by M Christian Lacroix) offers a classic, refined and tasty cuisine carefully prepared by our chefs.The restaurant's terrace turns into a bistro in the beautiful days and our garden near the swimming…
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…
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…
Hostellerie of the Source
Located a few minutes from the centre of Arles, a natural spring ("Source") has been happily bubbling away here since the 19th century in the tree-filled garden, bordering a swimming pool. This Mediterranean oasis, lined with weeping willows and oleander, offers feminine retakes on Provencal and…
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…
It was born in the mid-Nineties but originates from the city's infamous reputation since the early 20th century.
'Boutargue', an amber-coloured jewel fished on the shores of Martigues...
The sun's rays are warming you through the pine trees, but you will not know if the summer is here until you hear THE CICADAS!
Finer by the year, Provence's rosés are chic, casual and loved by all