Space Van Gogh
Arles - Cultural place
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 affirmed tradition as a local hospital on the other hand. Three wings were raised in 1835 to open up new rooms following a serious cholera epidemic. At the end of the 19th century, the hospital received a remarkable guest, Vincent Van Gogh, who depicted the building in several of his paintings. The establishment was open until the 1970s-1980s. The disused hospital then underwent major renovation work to turn it into a broad-ranging cultural and academic site. During this time, excavations in the basement unearthed extremely interesting remains which added to the knowledge of the town all the way back to protohistory.
The buildings form a quadrilateral around a garden. The ground floor opens onto outside via arches which border a gallery walkway which is also present on the second floor. The façades are severe, with small openings, in keeping with the model for hospitals at the time; hospitals were closed places which must not transmit dangerous 'miasmas' to the outside world. The entire building was topped with wooden timbers (pieces fitted together to support the roof) and trusses (horizontal beams which support the oblique beams on the sides of the roof). The ground floor of the west building housed the ancillary services, including the kitchen fitted with a huge fireplace, the laundry, the linen room and other utilitarian areas. The main entrance to the hospital was on what is now rue Dulau. The solid wood door, rebuilt in 1587 by Antoine Pons, was made of pitch-pine (blend of pine species from North America). It is surrounded by two fluted Doric columns and topped with a triangular fronton. Above it, an inscription commemorates the date on which the building was constructed. This portal is listed as a Historic Monument.
In 1542, the Archbishop of Arles decided to close the town's 32 charitable establishments and bring them together into just one establishment in the town centre. This initial project remained on hold when the Prelate died. A land recovery policy was implemented, partly on the vast Trinitaires site. The first stone was laid in 1573. The construction of the Hôtel-Dieu spanned two centuries, the 16th century for the north and west wings and the 17th for the other two (work of Jacques Peytret). The work of the new establishment (welcome all sick people, abandoned children and orphans) could be carried out principally thanks to generous sponsors, tax revenue from the hospital and aid from the town. The staff consisted of laymen and monks, doctors, administrative and domestic staff and artisans. Two priests assisted the dying. From 1664, the care of the sick was entrusted to the Hospital Sisters of the Order of Saint Augustine. Vincent Van Gogh stayed there briefly in 1888 and 1889 and was treated by Doctor Félix Rey, before being interned in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Major changes were made to the building in the early 20th century, when it was made to comply with sanitary standards. The Hôtel-Dieu continued to operate until 1974, replaced by Joseph-Imbert Hospital. In 1986, the last medical services left the site, which was then turned into a cultural centre.
In 1986, work began to strip the hospital and transform it into a vast cultural centre intended to house a media centre, the communal archives, the International College of Literary Translators (CITL), a university outpost, a vast exhibition room and a few shops. Following a competition, Denis Froidevaux and Jean-Louis Tétrel were appointed to carry out the renovation work. The two architects used their archive research and the discoveries of a pre-site to adapt their project to the history and original structure of the building. In addition to this structure and the site's mediaeval past, extremely productive excavations uncovered, among other things, a large Roman esplanade (confirming an unknown fact in the town's ancient urban fabric) and a protohistoric necropolis. During this vast operation, the door on rue Dulau was also restored by Férignac in 1988.
Information provided by OT Arles
Place Du Docteur Félix Rey
- 00 00 00 00 00
Where to stay
Apartment of approx. 60 m² for 4 persons, located at 10 minutes walk from the centre of Arles, 2 not the museums départemental Arles Antique and Chamber of Commerce. Apartment with balcony on the 1st floor, sunny in a secured residence with lift. Consists of a kitchen, a dining salon, a bedroom…
Mas du Petit Paradis
Isabelle et Michel vous accueillent au Mas du Petit Paradis. Profitez du parc et de la piscine pendant votre séjour. Un petit déjeuner bio vous sera servi! La maison est située à quelques minutes du centre historique d'Arles classée au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO, des centres commerciaux…
Mas de la Galégière
1 and 3 rooms are double rooms with 50 m² roof terrace on the 1st floor. They include a large room with bed in 180, tv, wifi, air conditioning, bathroom with shower and WC separated.Room 2, suite for 4 people, located on the 1st floor and on 3 levels: R + 1 two beds 80, R + 2 dressing room +…
The patio of Arles
This old House of the 18th century shipowner, restored in the rules and tradition, is located right bank, near the bridge of Trinquetaille. On the way of St. James, you are 7 minutes walk from the arena and 10 minutes from the train station.Light and airy, it offers sober, elegant and…
In an authentic classified farm, dating 1786, situated at the heart of Crau, in the feet of Alpilles and near the Camargue, Sylvie and Dominique propose you 5 charming guest houses in the renewed stable. All the rooms evoking Van Gogh (ont the 1st floor), and are equipped with shower-room…
Villa T2 bungalow (50 m²) for 2-4 persons without animals, fenced Garden (250 m²), about 1.5 km from the city centre. You can park the car in the garden. Quiet area. Kitchen: fridge, 2 hotplates, mini-oven, microwave, washing machine. Living room: sofa - bed, TV. Room: lite does 140. Bathroom:…
Things to do
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.…
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…
Thinh NGUYEN a un parcours atypique fait de rencontres avec des personnes, des matières, des cultures et des regards. Né au Vietnam, Thinh est arrivé en France à l'âge de 3 ans. Il fait des études de cinéma et audiovisuel à Arles, Paris et Aix, ce qui l'amène à parcourir, l'Inde, le…
Située au coeur de la vieille ville sur les berges du Rhône, la librairie ACTES SUD vous accueille dans un cadre chaleureux et convivial. Après avoir flâné parmi les rayons, vous pourrez faire vos choix de livres et disques, confortablement installés dans un canapé ou faire appel à nos…
Where to eat
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Art de vivre
Translation our version of the Essex girl…
From the plate to the glass, Pastis is always prepared with taste…
Epiphany in Provence is like nowhere else!
Olive oil, olive soap and olives with herbs… A fruit you can't do without!