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  • 1 Former Cathedral of St Suifrein Interesting

    Religious buildings

    place de l’Archevêché F - 84200 Carpentras

    The building was commissioned by Pope Benoit XIII in 1404. A classic 17C door completes the façade. The flamboyant doorway known as the «Jewish door» was the door used by converted Jews after receiving the Sacrament. Inside, a balcony communicaties w..

  • 2 Synagogue Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Place Maurice-Charretier F - 84200 Carpentras

    Dating from 1367, it was rebuilt in the 18C. The room for worship, on the first floor, is very simple, yet richly decorated. On the ground floor are the 14C Mikvah (a ritual bath for purification) and the bakeries, where unleavened bread was baked up..

  • 3 Musée Comtadin-Duplessis

    Museums and art

    234 boulevard Albin-Durand F - 84200 Carpentras

    Among the artefacts representing regional folk arts and traditions is a curious collection of cowbells made in Carpentras (where herds pass through when being moved to new pastures), as well as headdresses, money and seals from the Comtat. Upstairs i..

  • 4 Passage Boyer

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Passage Boyer F - 84200 Carpentras

    This covered passage was built in 1848 by the unemployed put to work by the Ateliers Nationaux (National Workshops). Now restored to its former glory, it is also known as "rue vitrée" (glass-roofed street).

  • 5 Roman Arch

    Archaeological and historical sites

    place d’Inguimbert F - 84200 Carpentras

    This triumphal arch has retained part of its ornamentation depicting two captives chained to a tree, one dressed in a tunic, the other in an animal hide.

  • 6 Carpentras' Courthouse

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place du Gén.-de-Gaulle F - 84200 Carpentras

    The Palais de Justice (courthouse) is housed in the former bishop's palace, which was built in the 17C. The former state apartment of the bishops of Carpentras and the former Comtat-Venaissin States meeting room are decorated with exposed ceiling bea..

  • 7 Allée des Platanes

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    allée des Platanes F - 84200 Carpentras

    This avenue with its venerable plane trees is the ideal place to leave your car in the shade before exploring the old town.

  • 8 La Charité

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue Cottier F - 84200 Carpentras

    This "hospital" built in 1669 to take in the needy now houses the conservatoire and a cultural centre presenting temporary exhibitions.

  • 9 Rue des Halles

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue des Halles F - 84200 Carpentras

    This road following on from rue Vigne reflects the position of the old city walls. It now houses many shops. Opposite the town hall stands the 15C Clock Tower, a vestige of the former town hall.

  • 10 General Hospital - Apothecary

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Aristide-Briand F - 84200 Carpentras

    This Hôtel-Dieu was housed in a majestic 18C building founded by Bishop Malachie d'Inguimbert. Don't miss the Apothicairerie, which houses a fine collection of earthenware pots, and is decorated with wood panelling depicting monkey-apothecaries!

  • 11 Musée Sobirats

    Museums and art

    112 rue du Collège F - 84200 Carpentras

    This 18C townhouse with its reconstructed furniture and decoration gives a good idea of the interior of a bourgeois house in Carpentras before the Revolution.

  • 12 Chapelle du Collège

    Religious buildings

    rue du Collège F - 84200 Carpentras

    Built in the 17C in Jesuit style, the chapel is used nowadays for showing contemporary art exhibitions.

  • 13 Porte d'Orange

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Porte-d’Orange F - 84200 Carpentras

    The gate only vestige of the medieval fortifications runs parallel to the road. You can see it on arrival from Orange before crossing the verdant Alzon Valley.

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