|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (December 2008)|
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Charles Fabre|
|• Land1||73.97 km2 (28.56 sq mi)|
|• Population2 Density||180/km2 (470/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||13108 / 13150|
|Elevation||3–200 m (9.8–660 ft)
(avg. 17 m or 56 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Tarascon is located 23 km (14 mi) south of Avignon and 20 km (12 mi) north of Arles, on the left (east) bank of the Rhône River. On the other side is the similarly sized town of Beaucaire in the département of Gard, région of Languedoc-Roussillon. Directly opposite each other and connected by several bridges, Beaucaire and Tarascon effectively constitute one town.
Hamlets located on the territory of the commune include:
- Saint-Gabriel (ancient Ernaginum)
Since 1985, there has been a small museum in the town, dedicated to the fictional character Tartarin.
A festival is held every year on the last Sunday of June to remember Tartarin and the Tarasque.
Église collégiale Ste Marthe (St Martha's Collegiate Church) is where, according to a local tradition, the biblical figure Martha is buried. The church was built half-Romanesque in the 12th century and half-Gothic in the 14th century. The crypt dates from the third century.
The construction of the current castle of Tarascon was started in 1401 by Louis II of Anjou, after the previous castle was destroyed. The construction was continued by his first son, Louis III of Anjou, and was completed in 1449 by his second son, René I of Naples. Thus, the castle is often referred to as le château du roi René ("King René's castle").
It was turned into a military prison in the 17th century, until its acquisition by the state in 1932.
It stands right on the banks of the Rhône opposite Château de Beaucaire, and near the Collegiate Church of St Martha. ( )
- Historical town centre, including the rue des Halles and its arcades
- Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall) (1648)
- Cloître des Cordeliers, 16th century cloister
- Three city gates remain from the former city wall: Portail St. Jean, Porte de la Condamine and Porte Jarnègues.
- Saint-Jacques Church (1740)
- Frigolet Abbey
|1965–1971||(Colonel) Jean André||-||Mayor|
|1971–1983||Antonin Saint Michel||PS||Mayor|
|2005 - current||Charles Fabre||UMP||Mayor|
Tarascon is served by a train station and several buses.
- Ricau de Tarascon, Provençal knight and troubadour
- Esprit Fléchier (1632–1710), preacher and author, Bishop of Nîmes from 1687, spent his early years in Tarascon
- Jean Gilles (1668–1705), composer, was born in Tarascon
- Joseph Roumanille (1818–1891), poet and one of the founders of Félibrige, studied and worked there from 1834 to 1839.
- Joseph ben Abba Mari ben Joseph ben Jacob Caspi (1279—1340), a prominent Jewish medieval philosopher.
- Beit She'an, Israel
- Elmshorn, Germany - since 1987
- Fraga, Spain
- Neviano degli Arduini, Italy
- Porrentruy, Switzerland
- Treaty of Tarascon (1291)
- Pas de la Bergère, a pas d'armes held in Tarascon in 1449
- Communes of the Bouches-du-Rhône department
- Official city website
- Ministry of Culture database entries for Tarascon (French)
- Detailed history (click on blue links for details) (French)
- History and pictures of the castle (French)
- Webpage about the organ in St Martha Church (French)
- Pictures of the castle and church
- More pictures of the town
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