A Notable Church
Situated in the center of town surrounded by interesting little shops and cafes, is eglise Saint-Martin constructed in 1812 (pic#2), replacing an earlier church from 1122 AD.
The original Saint-Martin had been enlarged so many times it weaked the structure, causing a collapse. The bell tower from the 14th century is all that remains from the earliest construction .
Since the doors were unlocked, we explored its interior. A huge organ rose to the ceiling at the back of the church and intricate painting decorating the walls and ceiling was faded and peeling--in need of major work. It must have been stunning at one time.
Organ concerts are given throughout the summer months for no charge, beginning at 5:30 p.m. each Saturday.
A Roman Mausoleum
Glanum did not really become a populus city until the age of Augustus, when the wealth of the empire spread out to include it. It was then the city began to thrive.
According to archaeological experts, this structure was a Roman mausoleum for two members of the Jules family. This monument dates from 30-20 BC and is said to be in a remarkably good state of preservation.
If you look closely you'll see that a round "temple" complete with columns and pyramid-shaped roof sits atop this structure.
The ruins can be explored from April-August from 10am-6:30pm daily; Sept.-March on Tues. and Sun. from 10:30am-5pm.
There's always another wonder down that road
Here I am in Roussillon!
Someone took it seriously and painted the town red. Ha ha.
Actually, everything is like it came out of the red and orange earth of this area. Stunning on a bright sky day like this one was.
There's another lady at the end of this alley, taking a picture of the church tower overhead. But I sort of liked this shot better...
Roussillon is obviously a perfect spot for an artist. This woman's gallery was as lovely as her work.
Au revoir, Roussillon. sigh. This was such a lovely place.
In Le Paradou there is a terrific restaurant (see my restaurant tips for more) They serve only one menu each day (I'm guessing it's different at dinner than lunch...but they weren't serving dinner until June and we were there in May)
nice touches everywhere...they kept filling our wine and water glasses throughout the meal.