Vaison-la-Romaine

Garden of the 9 damsels

Set at the entrance of town, the Garden of the 9 damsels is noteworthy for the 81 stones standing inside, the works of sculptors Fabienne Verse and Serge Boyer.

Starting with the nine cities named European capitals of culture in 2000 - Reykjavik, Bergen, Helsinki, Brussels, Prague, Krakow, Bologna, Avignon and Santiago de Compostela – the 81 stones bear the engraved names of the cities and a sentence by local poets, in their native language and in French. The remaining stones are engraved each year with the name of a new city and another sentence. The aim is to create "an orchard of wisdom".

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Garden of 9 Damoiselles - © Ville de Vaison-la-RomainGarden of 9 Damoiselles - © Ville de Vaison-la-RomainGarden of 9 Damoiselles - © Ville de Vaison-la-Romain
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Population: 6,500
Chef-lieu de canton of Vaucluse (84)
Specialities: wine, olive sausage.
Economy: tourism, wine, commerce.
Sport: Vaison-la-Romaine car rally, La Bacchanale (road race)  
Celebrities: Gnaeus Pompeius Trogus (Roman historian), Mimie Mathy (comedian), Clovis Cornillac (comedian)
Festivals: Crime novel festival (April), Brassens festival (April, May), Rencontres gourmandes (October), Choralies (August), Supervues (art, December).
Labels: 100 most beautiful detours of France, European capital of choir singing.  


Timeline

  • 4th century BC

    Vasio beceoms the capital of the Celtic tribe of Voconces.
  • 125-118 BC.

    Occupied by the Romans, Vasio knows its golden era in the 2nd century. A theatre, thermal baths, a bridge and an aqueduct were built in the previous century.
  • 4th century

    Vaison becomes a bishop see and hosts two synods in 442 and 529.
  • 11th century

    Construction of cathedral Notre-Dame de Nazareth.
  • 1108

    The bishop of Vaison becomes the lord of the town.
  • 1195

    Raymond VI of Toulouse, count of Provence, builds a castle to assert his authority against the bishop.
  • 13th century

    The population leaves the Roman town to live on the hill around the castle, become a papal property.
  • 1645

    Foundation of the St Vincent Brotherhood.
  • 1793

    Creation of the Vaucluse department in which Vaison is included.
  • 1923

    Vaison becomes "la Romaine".
  • 1990

    Creation of the community of communes Vaison Ventoux Country.
  • 1992

    A flood of the river Ouveze kills 37.
Façade of Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth cathedral in Vaison-la-Romaine (Vaucluse, France) - ©Véronique PAGNIER
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Population: 6,500
Chef-lieu de canton of Vaucluse (84)
Specialities: wine, olive sausage.
Economy: tourism, wine, commerce.
Sport: Vaison-la-Romaine car rally, La Bacchanale (road race)  
Celebrities: Gnaeus Pompeius Trogus (Roman historian), Mimie Mathy (comedian), Clovis Cornillac (comedian)
Festivals: Crime novel festival (April), Brassens festival (April, May), Rencontres gourmandes (October), Choralies (August), Supervues (art, December).
Labels: 100 most beautiful detours of France, European capital of choir singing.  


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Vaison-la-romaine and cycling

A previous stage start was given from Vaison-la-Romaine in 2002, also after a stage leading to Mont-Venoux. The ride headed for Les Deux Alpes, and the stage was won by Colombia's Santiago Botero.

Belgian Axel Merckx finished third that day, two years after winning a stage of Dauphine Libere starting from Vaison and finishing in Grenoble.His father Eddy also won a stage starting from Vaison-la-Romaine in the 1977 edition of Paris-Nice.

Botero Santiago, Stage Vaison La Romaine/Les deux Alpes, Tour de France 2002 - ©Presse Sports/B.Papon
One previous stage
Population: 6,500
Chef-lieu de canton of Vaucluse (84)
Specialities: wine, olive sausage.
Economy: tourism, wine, commerce.
Sport: Vaison-la-Romaine car rally, La Bacchanale (road race)  
Celebrities: Gnaeus Pompeius Trogus (Roman historian), Mimie Mathy (comedian), Clovis Cornillac (comedian)
Festivals: Crime novel festival (April), Brassens festival (April, May), Rencontres gourmandes (October), Choralies (August), Supervues (art, December).
Labels: 100 most beautiful detours of France, European capital of choir singing.  


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Places to see

The museum

The museum holds the mausoleum of Francois de Bonne de Lesdiguieres, the last Constable of France. It was made in black marble by sculptor Jacob Richier.

The cathedral

Built between 1866 and 1904, the neo-Gothic cathedral Notre Dame and St Arnoux replaced an older medieval building.

Ancien theatre - ©mairie de Vaison-la-RomaineRoman bridge- ©mairie de Vaison-la-RomaineRue des Boutiques ©mairie de Vaison-la-RomaineView form the thermal baths - ©mairie de Vaison-la-Romaine
One previous stage
Population: 6,500
Chef-lieu de canton of Vaucluse (84)
Specialities: wine, olive sausage.
Economy: tourism, wine, commerce.
Sport: Vaison-la-Romaine car rally, La Bacchanale (road race)  
Celebrities: Gnaeus Pompeius Trogus (Roman historian), Mimie Mathy (comedian), Clovis Cornillac (comedian)
Festivals: Crime novel festival (April), Brassens festival (April, May), Rencontres gourmandes (October), Choralies (August), Supervues (art, December).
Labels: 100 most beautiful detours of France, European capital of choir singing.  


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The road of the princes of orange

Vaison-la-Romaine lies at the heart of the Road of the Princs of Orange, a 107-km long panoramic raod between the city of Orange and the village of Orpierre. The road goes along the river Ouveze, a tributary of the Rhone, and crosses the hills of Vaucluse, Drome and the mountains of Hautes-Alpes. This ancient transhumance route was used by the Celts and by the Gallo-Romans. In 1386, the heiress to the principality of Orange married her cousin, Jean de Chalon, baron of Orpierre. And that is how the road linking the two localities of Orange and Orpierrre became known as the Road of the Pirnces of Orange. Their descendants are now the royal family of the Netherlands.

During the Renaissance, the road was used daily by numerous pilgrims, silk merchants, jewellers, bankers to go from Orange to the region of the Baronnies. The Wars of Religion and the war between France and Holland marked the decline of the road until the treaty of Utrecht handing Orpierre back to France.

To promote the new panoramic route, a ceremony took place in 1956 between the Dutch ambassador in France and the Prefect of Vaucluse.

Route des Princes d’Orange - ©Denis RouxOverall view of Ceans valley above Orpierre (Hautes-Alpes) - ©DenisjcrouxView of the Ouveze valley from col de Perty - ©Denisjcroux
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Population: 6,500
Chef-lieu de canton of Vaucluse (84)
Specialities: wine, olive sausage.
Economy: tourism, wine, commerce.
Sport: Vaison-la-Romaine car rally, La Bacchanale (road race)  
Celebrities: Gnaeus Pompeius Trogus (Roman historian), Mimie Mathy (comedian), Clovis Cornillac (comedian)
Festivals: Crime novel festival (April), Brassens festival (April, May), Rencontres gourmandes (October), Choralies (August), Supervues (art, December).
Labels: 100 most beautiful detours of France, European capital of choir singing.  


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