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A Guide To Carpentras

Post by Sharat | November 21, 2017 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
A Guide To Carpentras

Carpentras is an extremely important town in Provence. It bustles with activity and has plenty of interesting things to explore, especially is you pay a visit to the town’s old centre. When you visit this lovely town, you should focus your attention on the streets located in the very heart of Carpentras. This is where the shops are located and you will see some beautiful townhouses that line open squares which are shaded by trees and filled with babbling fountains. There are of course a number of cafes where you can just sit and people watch.

Exploring Carpentras

If you want to see Carpentras’s main architectural highlights, you must first pass through the town’s entrance at Porte d’Orange. This square tower was built during the 14th century and once served as part of the town’s defences. What is left of the ramparts which included over 20 towers and four gates were demolished during the 19th century in order to allow the town to expand. Within the town you should visit the Cathedral of Saint Siffrein which was constructed during the 14th century and features some notable artworks as well as some beautiful stained-glass windows.

Some lovely buildings

You should also check out the extremely grand Hotel Dieu which dates back to the 18th century. Another notable attraction is the 17th century Episcopal Palace which ultimately became the Palais de Justice following the town’s integration with France towards the end of the 18th century. It is also worth paying a visit to the Bureau des Postes which was built towards the beginning of the 20th century and features a decorative round tower. The Town hall can trace its origin back to the 17th century although during the 18th century it was converted into a more classical looking building.

A town with a long history

One of Carpentras oldest tourist attractions is the Roman Arch located in the Place d’Inguimbert which serves as a reminder of the town’s long and storied history. Another reminder is the Synagogue even though its interior was remodelled in a more ‘recent’ 18th century baroque style. Despite that fact, the building was actually constructed during the 14th century and is France’s oldest functioning synagogue. On the edge of town, you will find an aquaduct that was built during the early part of the 17th century and was meant to serve as a replacement for a medieval version. It’s a fascinating structure and you should check out its 600-metre-long set of arches.

Make sure you visit

If you do decide to visit Carpentras, you should make sure you are there on a Friday which is the liveliest day of the week. Friday is market day and it takes place at the Place de l’Hôtel de Ville. All in all if you are planning a visit to Provence, you should definitely make room for Carpentras on your itinerary because there is lots of thing to do and see and you will really enjoy visiting.

(CARPENTRAS,FR84) by Jean-louis Zimmermann, on Flickr

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