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L'Isle sur la Sorgue

The mills and flea market

L'Isle-sur-la-SorgueL'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue takes its name from the Sorgue which takes its source a few kilometres upstream in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. It is divided into multiple channels that are then shown the city as a group of islands.

Some have nicknamed L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue "Comtadine Venice" (referring to Contat Venaisin whose Isle was a part). And it is true that water is omnipresent in the city, to the delight of tourists who appreciate this source of freshness under the sun of Provence.

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue once

Roue à aubesL'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, formerly L'Isle-en-Venaissin, was originally a city of fishermen. It was a real island in the middle of swamps gradually drained by the digging of canals.
Since then a remote waters of the Sorgue, abundant and regular, provided the driving force necessary to craft and industry. The paddle wheels had allowed the installation of mills wheat from the twelfth century, and then setting up workshops to treat wool and silk. The few remaining wheels picturesque today to give its stamp particularly at Isle, reflected poorly of the 62 that were in the nineteenth century and the intense activity that prevailed then: while silk generated new fortunes, 'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue became the main centre of the wool department.

Tourism in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

The old city, which has gradually lost its ramparts in 1793 to half of the nineteenth, retains the charm of a city that each time mark its mark. The tower Silver, near the apse of the church, was built by the Counts of Toulouse in the thirteenth century.

Not far away, in the alleys of what was once the main city in the Comtat, one can admire the beautiful Gothic facades or rebirth. The collegiate Notre-Dame-des-Anges, rebuilt, except the choir in the mid-seventeenth century, is an exceptional monument by the richness of its interior decoration is a major witness Baroque in the south of France.

The flea de L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Brocante ç L'Isle sur la SorgueFor now nearly 40 years, the flea market has forged identity of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, assuring him an international reputation. L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is, after Saint-Ouen and London, the third European platform of trade in antiquities. Over time, antique shops, decoration, art galleries have developed and settled. They now constitute a major economic activity for the city that rose from 7 000 inhabitants in 1960 to more than 22 000 today.

With its proximity to the Luberon and Avignon, tourism directly employs (Hotellerie, camping, lodgings, catering, entertainment, etc.) Or indirectly (culinary crafts, etc.). An important part of the city's economy. But it is first and foremost a European centre of the flea market and antique shops. The Museum of the doll and toy former is an excellent example of this vocation of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorge.

Pictures of L'Isle sur la Sorgue

La Sorgue La Venise Comtadine Jour de marché

Around L'Isle sur la Sorgue

Fontaine de Vaucluse - Gordes - Bonnieux - Roussillon - Lourmarin - Avignon - Cavaillon - Apt - Carpentras - Luberon - Abbaye de Sénanque - Villeneuve lez Avignon - Le Thor