Saint-Remy en Provence
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Home town of Nostradamus. Vincent van Gogh was treated here in the psychiatric center at Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole (1889-1890). The ruins of the Roman city Glanum are located on the outerskirts of St. Remy.
St. Remy is situated on the Northern slopes of the Alpilles, is one of the "must-sees" in the Provence. The main reason is without a doubt Vincent Van Gogh, who produced more than 150 paintings of the countryside surrounding Saint Rémy, including the "Vase avec iris" (vase with iris). Many of the places painted by the artist can be rediscovered, the wild flowers, olive trees, cypruses, the Alpilles - and, sadly enough, the room in the Saint Paul de Mausole Asylum where Van Gogh stayed from May 1889 to June 1890. Were it not for Vincent van Gogh and his paintings St.Rémy de Provence would be another one of those nice historic towns in France. Wonderfully restored town houses, the main church, the shops and the weekly market. Pleasant and from a local historian's point view even remarkable but not extraordinary. Because of Vincent van Gogh a whole aura has been created around St.Rémy de Provence. (excerpt taken from www.provence-hidaway.com )