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Arles is built on the delta of the Rhone and thus the door of the Camargue. The original city built on a cliff overlooking the left bank of the Grand Rhone grew then to the west and south and north. The presence of marshes in the East has limited its development in this direction. The city of Arles is strongly marked by the presence of the Rhone, which cuts the city into two, which remains even today, a threat during flooding.
While undergoing many town planning, from antiquity to the present day, the downtown Arles, geographically fixed at the end of the twelfth century, has preserved a rich heritage that makes it a tourist places Most popular in Provence.
The former district of the city, located in the city centre, is the political and religious center of the city since ancient times. This name, of medieval origin, is now rarely used, it is called now district of the town hall in reference to one of its best-known buildings.
The Camargue arlésienne, delta land, depends administratively Township west of the borough of Arles. It calanquers approximately 40,000 hectares from north to south-east of the delta of the Rhone and on the left bank of the Grand-Rhone. It includes the villages of Gimeaux, Saliers, Albaron, Paty, Gageron, Mas-Thibert, Sambuc and Salin-de-Giraud.
A true island, only five bridges and a ferry linking the Languedoc and the rest of Provence: the bridge of Saint-Gilles, the two bridges Fourques and two bridges north of Arles, and the tank Barcarin south.
For a long time, the Greek era in the eighteenth century, arlésiens will build towers to control trade and ships pulling up the arm of the Rhone.
The "Rencontres d'Arles" : Since 1968, this festival of photography, created by the photographer Lucien Clergue and writer Michel Tournier, is held each year in Arles in July.
Of course, one can not discuss Arles without remembering L'Arlésienne. It was at the origin of a new Alphonse Daudet, extracted from the letters of my mill, but also a play for which he asked Georges Bizet compose music scene (1872). This news is at the origin of the expression "Arlésienne". Indeed, the character of the Arlésienne is the center of the intrigue, however, it appears there never directly. It therefore calls "Arlésienne" something that is of great concern, but that is forever.
Created in 1983, the Foundation aims to achieve the desire often expressed by Vincent van Gogh in his correspondence with his brother Theo in Arles wishing to create a "House of artists" offering a permanent cultural activity.
Each summer, an exhibition is devoted to a new artist with a portion of the work lies in line with their eldest. Thanks to the dynamism of its many activities, the Foundation contributes to the international influence of Arles linked to the memory of an artist of emergency.
The Foundation site : http://www.fondationvangogh-arles.org
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