The ’Fontaine de Vaucluse’

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The ’Fontaine de Vaucluse’

The ’Fontaine de Vaucluse’


A medieval village celebrated for its impressive emerald-green water spring which can be found at the foot of a cliff more than 230m high and which is classed as one of the largest springs in the world. The depth of the chasm, which is in the form of a vertical funnel, is equal to 308 meters. This picturesque area in Provence with its deep valley dotted with caves and glens is a site if intense beauty and has inspired numerous artists such as; Pétrarque (Italian poet 1304-1374, lived for most of the year in a castle, the ruins of which dominate the valley today), Frédéric Mistral and the contemporary poet René Char. The production of paper was, until the 20th Century, a major and prosperous activity in Fontaine de Vaucluse. The Moulin à Papier (paper mill) in the Galerie Vallis Clausa has preserved a method of production by hand dating back to the 15th Century. To see, to visit: the ruins of the Bishop of Cavaillon‘s 14th Century castle, the ruins of a roman canal across the river Sorgue, the ’Ecomusée’ of Christmas crib figurines and provincial traditions, the ‘Ecomusée du gouffre’ (cave museum: the underwater world), the Pétrarque museum, the Papes Crystal makers (hand blown crystal), the paper mill (handmade paper using 15th century techniques).

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