Arc Romain

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Hidden behind Cathédrale St-Siffrein, the Arc Romain was built under Augustus in the 1st century AD and is decorated with worn carvings of enslaved Gauls.

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1. Cathédrale St-Siffrein

0.02 MILES

Carpentras’ cathedral was built between 1405 and 1519 in meridional Gothic style, but is crowned by a distinctive contemporary bell tower. Its Trésor d…

2. Synagogue de Carpentras

0.07 MILES

Carpentras’ remarkable synagogue dates from 1367 and is the oldest still in use in France. Although Jews were initially welcomed into papal territory, by…

3. Château du Barroux

6.27 MILES

Built in the 12th century to protect Le Barroux from Saracen invaders, Château du Barroux is one of Provence's few castles. Its fortunes rose and fell,…

4. Baptistry

6.29 MILES

Tucked behind the Romanesque church, this baptistry was built in the 6th century on the site of a Roman temple.

5. Église de Venasque


The village church contains the pride of the Pays de Venasque: an unusual late-Gothic Crucifixion painting (1498).

6. Grottes de Thouzon

7.86 MILES

Following the course of a vanished underground river, this 230m-long cave was accidentally discovered in 1902 during mining works. Marvels include a mound…

7. Abbaye Ste-Madeleine

8.71 MILES

Two kilometres north of Le Barroux along thread-narrow lanes, this abbey hears Gregorian chants sung by Benedictine monks at 9.30am daily (10am Sundays…

8. Forêt de Venasque

8.84 MILES

The Forêt de Venasque, criss-crossed by walking trails (including long-distance GR91), lies east of Venasque. Cross the Col de Murs mountain pass (627m)…