|Chaîne des Alpilles|
Alpilles near Maussane-les-Alpilles.
|Peak||Tour des Opies (Eyguières)|
|Elevation||498 m (1,634 ft)|
|Length||25 km (16 mi)|
|Width||8 km (5.0 mi)|
|Area||171 km2 (66 sq mi)|
The range is an extension of the much larger Luberon range. Although it is not high - some 498 m (1,634 ft) at its highest point - the Alpilles range stands out disproportionately, as it rises apparently sheer from the plain of the Rhône valley. The range is about 25 km long by about 8 to 10 km wide, running in an east-west direction between the Rhône and Durance rivers. The landscape of the Alpilles is one of arid limestone peaks separated by dry valleys.
The Chaîne des Alpilles is part of the territory of 15 communes: Aureille, Les Baux-de-Provence, Eygalières, Eyguières, Fontvieille, Mas-Blanc-des-Alpilles, Maussane-les-Alpilles, Mouriès, Paradou, Orgon, Saint-Étienne-du-Grès, Saint-Martin-de-Crau, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Sénas, Tarascon.
Flora and fauna
The highest parts of the range are a nature reserve inhabited by a number of rare species, including Bonelli's eagle, the Egyptian vulture and eagle owl. Some of these species were introduced in the Alpilles in the 1980s.
The Parc Naturel Régional des Alpilles was created on January 30, 2007. It covers the territory of 16 communes. The area is also under the protection of the Natura 2000 Environmental Protection Plan of the European Union.
The Alpilles in arts
The Alpilles were immortalized in art by Vincent van Gogh, who painted many images of the Alpilles' landscapes during his time in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence on the north side of the mountains. One of the paintings was given by van Gogh to his friend Eugène Boch.
- Barbegal aqueduct and mill
- Van Gogh paintings:
- Zone ZNIFF (French)
- Parc Naturel Régional des Alpilles : un territoire qui conserve un équilibre économique et écologique (French)
- Les Alpilles: Natura 2000 site (French)
- http://www.eugeneboch.com More about the Alpilles painting by Vincent van Gogh
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