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  • 1. Espace Van Gogh

    A strikingly resonant site, this was the hospital to which the tortured artist repaired after cutting off his earlobe. Its courtyard has been impeccably restored...Read More

  • 2. Ateliers Thérèse Neveu

    The history of the craft of santon-making and other uses to which the local clay was put—faience and hand-painted tiles—can be studied at the Ateliers...Read More

  • 3. Cathédrale Notre-Dame et St-Castor

    Destroyed and rebuilt in several stages, Nîmes Cathedral was damaged by Protestants during the 16th-century Wars of Religion but still shows traces of its original...Read More

  • 4. Collégiale Notre-Dame-des-Anges

    L'Isle's 17th-century church is extravagantly decorated with gilt, faux marble, and sentimental frescoes. The double-colonnade facade commands the center of the Vieille Ville. Visiting hours...Read More

  • 5. Collégiale St-Martin

    St-Rémy is wrapped by a lively commercial boulevard, lined with shops and cafés and anchored by its 19th-century church Collégiale St-Martin. Step inside—if the main...Read More

  • 6. Église St-Trophime

    Classed as a world treasure by UNESCO, this extraordinary Romanesque church alone would justify a visit to Arles. The side aisles date from the 11th...Read More

  • 7. Jardin du Pharo

    Pharo

    The Pharo, another larger-than-life edifice built to Napoléon III's epic tastes, was a gift to his wife, Eugénie. It's a conference center now, but its...Read More

  • 8. Jardins de la Fontaine

    The Jardins de la Fontaine, an elaborate formal garden, was landscaped on the site of the Roman baths in the 18th century, when the Source...Read More

  • 9. Le Petit Monde de Marcel Pagnol

    You can study miniature dioramas of scenes from Pagnol stories here. The characters are all santons, including superb portraits of a humpback Gerard Dépardieu and...Read More

  • 10. Musée d'Art

    The collection here includes paintings by Vernet and Fragonard as well as postwar abstract art and the cartoon-influenced Di Rosa brothers....Read More

  • 11. Musée de la Légion Étrangère

    Another claim to fame for Aubagne: it's the headquarters for the French Foreign Legion. The legion was created in 1831, and accepts recruits from all...Read More

  • 12. Musée des Docks Romains

    Vieux Port

    In 1943 Germans destroyed the neighborhood along the Quai du Port—some 2,000 houses—displacing 20,000 citizens, but this act of brutal urban renewal, ironically, laid the...Read More

  • 13. Musée du Vin Maison Brotte

    There's no better way to learn about the local wine production than to spend an hour at the Musée du Vin Maison Brotte. This private...Read More

  • 14. Musée Estienne de Saint-Jean

    You'll find an eclectic assortment of local treasures inside this 17th-century mansion, from faïence to santons (terra-cotta figurines) to ornately painted furniture. The building is...Read More

  • 15. Musée Requien

    Don't bother to rush to this eccentric little natural history museum, but since it's next door to the Calvet Museum (and free) you might want...Read More

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