Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

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Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
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
Coat of arms
Location of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is located in France
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
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
CountryFrance
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
DepartmentBouches-du-Rhône
ArrondissementArles
CantonSalon-de-Provence-1
IntercommunalityVallée des Baux
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Hervé Chérubini[1]
Area
1
89.09 km2 (34.40 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2017)[2]
9,893
 • Density110/km2 (290/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 (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 in southern France.

History[edit]

The town is named after Saint Remigius.

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.

Geography[edit]

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

Transportation[edit]

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.

Climate[edit]

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.

Population[edit]

Sights[edit]

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.[3]

Notable people[edit]

The Starry Night, painted by van Gogh in June, 1889, while in Saint-Rémy

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires". data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  3. ^ Kennedy, Maev. "Van Gogh's 'terrifying environment' of French asylum revealed". The Guardian (25 August 2018). Guardian News & Media Limited. Retrieved 21 October 2020.

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