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Sant Romieg de Provença  (Occitan)
Roman site 'Les Antiques' of Glanum, with the Mausoleum (left) and the Arch (right)
Roman site 'Les Antiques' of Glanum, with the Mausoleum (left) and the Arch (right)
Coat of arms of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Location of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is located in France
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 43°47′24″N 4°49′57″E / 43.79°N 4.8325°E / 43.79; 4.8325Coordinates: 43°47′24″N 4°49′57″E / 43.79°N 4.8325°E / 43.79; 4.8325
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
IntercommunalityVallée des Baux-Alpilles
 • Mayor (2022–2026) Hervé Chérubini[1]
89.09 km2 (34.40 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
 • Density110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
13100 /13210
Elevation7–392 m (23–1,286 ft)
(avg. 60 m or 200 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
Rue du Château in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Rue du Château in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃ ʁemi də pʁɔvɑ̃s]; Provençal Occitan: Sant Romieg de Provença in classical and Sant Roumié de Prouvènço in Mistralian norms) is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Southern France. Located in the northern part of the Alpilles, of which it is the main town, it had a population of 9,893 in 2017.


The town, which has been inhabited since Prehistory, was named after Saint Remigius under the Latin name Villa Sancti Remigii.

From May 1889 to May 1890, Vincent van Gogh was a patient at the Saint-Paul Asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and painted some of his most memorable works, including The Starry Night, which features the town.


Vineyards in Saint-Rémy

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is situated about 20 km (12 mi) south of Avignon, just north of the Alpilles mountain range.


The Avignon-TGV high-speed train station is 20 km from the city. The closest airports are located in Avignon, Nîmes, and Marseille. Also, there are several highways and main roads which serve Saint-Remy. The A7 autoroute, which runs down the Rhone valley and connects Lyon to Marseille via Orange is about 12 km (7.5 mi) east of Saint Remy. The A54 autoroute runs from Nîmes to Salon-de-Provence, and passes through Arles, 17 km (11 mi)away. Finally, the A9 is 20 km to the north-west and runs from Orange to Perpignan via Montpelier.


The climate in the Alpilles is considered Mediterranean. Winters there are gentle and dry, and summers are hot and dry. The highest average temperature is recorded in July and August 29 °C (84 °F), and the lowest in December and January 3 °C (37 °F). The rainiest month is January with an average of 7 rainy days, compared with July, the driest month, with an average of 2 rainy days. The Alpilles region receives more precipitation than the French Rivera, 1–2 cm more per year. There are about 30 days of frost per year. Snow is rare, but can be heavy when it does fall.


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 5,055—    
1800 5,055+0.00%
1806 5,737+2.13%
1821 5,181−0.68%
1831 5,464+0.53%
1836 5,007−1.73%
1841 5,930+3.44%
1846 6,077+0.49%
1851 6,124+0.15%
1856 6,340+0.70%
1861 6,348+0.03%
1866 6,315−0.10%
1872 6,030−0.77%
1876 5,999−0.13%
1881 5,815−0.62%
1886 5,813−0.01%
1891 5,636−0.62%
1896 5,976+1.18%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901 6,009+0.11%
1906 6,148+0.46%
1911 6,174+0.08%
1921 5,938−0.39%
1926 6,369+1.41%
1931 6,598+0.71%
1936 6,723+0.38%
1946 6,877+0.23%
1954 6,893+0.03%
1962 7,582+1.20%
1968 8,044+0.99%
1975 7,923−0.22%
1982 8,402+0.84%
1990 9,340+1.33%
1999 9,806+0.54%
2007 10,251+0.56%
2012 10,406+0.30%
2017 9,893−1.01%
Source: EHESS[3] and INSEE (1968-2017)[4]


The ruins of the Roman city of Glanum, including a triumphal arch, can still be seen on the southern outskirts of the city.

The Saint-Paul Asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is where Vincent van Gogh was a patient, from May 1889 to May 1890, and where he painted some of his most memorable works, including The Starry Night which features the town. The site is now named the Clinique Van Gogh for him.[5]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French)., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 4 May 2022.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, EHESS. (in French)
  4. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE
  5. ^ Kennedy, Maev. "Van Gogh's 'terrifying environment' of French asylum revealed". The Guardian. No. 25 August 2018. Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 21 October 2020.

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