St. Remy didn't exactly welcome the struggling artist during his time there in 1889. Most people thought Vincent Van Gogh was "crazy" and although he executed 150 paintings his strange art wasn't appreciated.
Depressed most of his life, Vincent admitted himself into the Asylum of Saint Paul de Mausole. It was at this point he painted Starry Night and a self portrait of himself.
In 1890, after a year of treatment, he left the hospital and traveled to Paris. There he took a gun and shot himself in July of 1890. He lingered for two days, then died at the age of 37.
Although he was an unknown in his lifetime, he became one of history's greatest painters in later years.
For more information go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_van_Gogh
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.