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  • 1 Alexandra David-Néel Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    27 av. du Mar.-Juin F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    The explorer and author, Alexandra David-Néel was the first European to enter the town of Lhassa in 1924. She wrote a number of books about her travels ( Travels of a Parisian to Lhassa) and Buddhism (she contributed to its introduction into France)...

  • 2 Musée Gassendi Interesting

    Museums and art

    64 bd Gassendi F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    The museum, which encompasses the sciences, painting, contemporary art and local history, was founded by the watercolour artist, Paul Martin, a painter of the Provençal School. Old collections with a wealth of Italian and Dutch paintings (portraits b..

  • 3 Our Lady of the Town Cathedral Interesting

    Religious buildings

    r. du Prévôt F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    Built between 1200 and 1330, it has an elegant doorway, guarded by debonair lions. Inside are fragments of mural paintings from the 15 and 16C and stained-glass windows made of blown, tinted glass whose colours change depending on where you stand. Th..

  • 4 Promenade-Museum of the Geological Reserve of Haute-Provence Interesting

    Museums and art

    10 montée Bernard-Dellacasagrande - parc St-Benoît F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    The concretions of a waterfall turned to stone and pathways, one of which has been laid out by land-art specialist Andy Goldsworthy, lead to this residence which brings an artist's vision face to face with natural elements (an astonishing Geological ..

  • 5 Les Ferréols leisure activity base

    Nature and gardens

    F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    In addition to a stretch of water on the edge of the Bléone, the base has a miniature golf course, a climbing wall, bowls pitches and a volley-ball pitch.

  • 6 Butte de Digne-les-Bains

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Route de Marseille F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    This is where Digne was founded in the 14C and grew around a castle that has since disappeared. Tiny, winding streets interspersed with flights of steps (such as the montée Saint-Charles with its vaulted passages) lead to the Church of St Jerome whic..

  • 7 Digne Sculptures

    Museums and art

    Place du Général-de-Gaulle F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    The sculpture festival held here each year from 1983 to 1991 brought to prominence much new talent. Works are displayed on roundabouts, in squares and public gardens. The most popular is that of a hand, to the right of the town hall. The tourist offi..

  • 8 Grande Fontaine, Digne-les-Bains

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd Gassendi F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    This 19C neo-Classical fountain at the far end of Boulevard Gassendi was restored in 2006. An important monument of the life of inhabitants, it marked the town's north entrance.

  • 9 Museum of Religious Art of Digne-les-Bains

    Museums and art

    F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    Formerly housed in the Chapelle des Pénitents - Place des Recollets, the museum has moved to the Chapelle St Jean-Baptiste in Cathédrale St Jérôme. It hosts temporary exhibitions on religious themes.

  • 10 Second World War Museum

    Museums and art

    Place Paradis F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    An old «passive defence» shelter is a reminder of the role played by Digne - a strategic role, as far as Alpine defences were concerned, which caused the town to suffer a certain amount of damage.

  • 11 The Cordeliers Botanical Gardens

    Nature and gardens

    av. Paul-Martin - pl. des Cordeliers F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    In the former convent of the Cordeliers, now a school, is a medieval garden with beds of herbs, aromatic plants and a vegetable garden.

  • 12 Haute-Provence Geological Reserve

    Nature and gardens

    D 900 F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    This is Europe's largest geological reserve, covering 2 300km2, encompassing 47 towns. Rocks, fossils and landscapes are a testimony to 300 million years of the Earth's history. Three routes have been devised to help visitors explore the reserve: the..

  • 13 Boulevard Gassendi

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    This wide boulevard with shady plane trees curtains off Digne's old quarter on the hillside, crowned by the Church of St Jerome.

  • 14 St Jérôme Cathedral, Digne-les-Bains

    Religious buildings

    Butte F - 04000 Digne-les-Bains

    Situated on the top of the hill, it has an attractive Provençal bell-tower.

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