Orange, a charming Provencal town

River Eygues in Orange

River Eygues in Orange

In the Department of Vaucluse lies the pretty little town Orange.
Just right for travelers who wish to discover the magic of Provence away from the mass of tourists.
Orange is located in the immediate vicinity of the wine village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the Mont Ventoux and the Gorges de l`Ardeche.
Approximately 30,000 inhabitants live here and it is on the river Eygues, which leads after a few kilometers into the Rhone.
You can enjoy the wines of the Cotes du Rhone, whose beating heart is the city. Orange, in Occitan Aurenja, is proud of an extremely ancient Roman past. In the city there are two unique buildings.

Triumphal Arch of Orange

Triumphal Arch

On the N7 main road you can find the Triumphal Arch.
The imposing structure consists of three arches and was probably built in the era of Emperor Augustus.
It has a length of about 19 m and a height of 18 m.
Due to its well-preserved state the Triumphal Arch is one of the major arches in its time and was set on the list of World Heritage by the UNESCO in 1981.

The second incredible attraction is the theater.
The ancient Roman theater is considered the best preserved theater in Europe with an intact facade and stage and was built around the 1st century.
Its use as a theater only started again in the end of the 19th century.
Since then, concerts and operas, find place regularly. Especially the opera festival “Chorégies d’Orange” is well known.
At this festival you can find a huge number of stars.
The theater was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Roman theatre

Roman theatre

In a niche above the “Porte Royale” you can see a 3.55 meter high statue of Emperor Augustus.
In order to enjoy all the sights of the theater it is suggested to climb up all stairs to enjoy an incredible view of the theater and Orange.
In the summer months you can join the famous opera festival Chorégies d’Orange. Up to 7,000 people join incredible performances.

In Roman times there were up to 10,000 people entertained by comedies, pantomimes and more.
If you wander through the old archways, you will feel the spirit of the old days …

Several buildings are really worth seeing: i.g. the Notre Dame Cathedral, the theater and the Hotel de Ville, the town hall.

Generally Orange is an attractive small town with an interesting old town, great restaurants and cafes and very close attractions.
Everything is narby and in walking distance…

Town hall

Town hall

City theatre Orange

City theatre

 

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