Van Gogh, The Starry Night
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is located between Arles and Avignon at the foot of the Alpilles Mountains in Provence France.
The town was immortalized by Van Gogh in his famous painting The Starry Night, painted during his stay in Saint Rémy.
The Romans built a city here on the Via Domitia that linked Spain to Italy.
There is the mausoleum and triumphal arch at Les Antiques, and the formidable Roman city of Glanum.
Don’t miss the Nostradamus fountain in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. He was born here in 1503.
In the town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, witness van Gogh’s artistry in the fields, monasteries, chapels and villages depicted in his paintings. You can walk in his footsteps.
After cutting off his earlobe, Van Gogh committed himself to a sanitarium at Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (1889-1899) where he painted The Starry Night.
This painting is one of my personal favorites; he depicts the view of the Monastery.
You can still visit his room and view and reproductions of his work.
Many of Van Gogh’s masterpieces are at the fabulous museum in Amsterdam. Here’s a link to Van Gogh paintings and where you can find them:
Visit Saint Remy at the right time of year, you may witness the “transhumance” festival when the sheep make their seasonal migration to greener pastures.
Stay at one of these swanky hotels:
Here’s a link to some interesting restaurants:
Check out the Markets:
Visit the St. Paul de Mausole Monastery, a masterpiece of Provençal Romanesque art.
From the top of the beautiful two-story square steeple, topped by a pyramidal roof, you can see the wheat field that Vincent van Gogh painted during his year of confinement.
Enjoy a delicious lunch in the amazing eagle’s-nest village of Les Baux-de-Provence. Built on a rocky spur in the Alpilles mountain range and offering great views of the countryside and vineyards, the village is full of Gothic and Renaissance houses.
Vincent Van Gogh Les Alpilles a Mountain Landscape Near Saint Remy
Hospital in Saint Remy, Van Gogh
Plan a trip to the nearby archeological Roman site of Glanum. The Romans built a city here on the Via Domitia linking Italy and Spain. It links Rome in Italy to Cadiz in Spain, and is part of an immense road network of more than 70,000 miles, built by the Romans over eight centuries.
You can see 1st century B.C. monuments at the Site Archeologique de Glanum:
“Glanum was raised to the status of a Roman colony, and the great public, civil and religious buildings found in all Roman cities replaced the old buildings. Around 260 CE, the town was destroyed by barbarian invasions. The survivors founded the village that was to take the name of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence about 1 km to the north, and the ruined town was soon buried and forgotten. Digging did not begin until 1921.”
The great buildings that characterize the cities of Imperial Rome can still be seen, set along a central road: the temples, the basilica, the forum, the curia, and the baths and houses.
1. les Antiques, Mausolee des Jules dating from 20 to 30 B.C.
2. The oldest triumphal arch in France dates from the reign of Augustus
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com