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BEAUCAIRE guided tours

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Hear the history of Beaucaire


In December 2001 the town of Beaucaire was distinguished as a "City of Art and History", in acknowledgement of its dynamic cultural action and valorisation of its heritage and history.
The City of Art and History has been awarded again this year.

A glimpse into Beaucaire’s history:
A very ancient city
Beaucaire was founded in the 7th century BC, and was known as a relay town on the famous Via Domitia, which connected Italy to Spain in the year 121 BC. Here in Beaucaire is where the Via Domitia split into several roads, to go in the directions of the towns that later became Arles, Nîmes, Remoulins and St Gilles. At that time, Beaucaire was called Ugernum.
Growth in Beaucaire slowed during the Middle Ages, and the town suffered from invasions by the Burgondes, the Goths and the Saracens. The first rampart was built at this time, and the château was extended.

In the 13th century, King Louis IX came to Beaucaire several times. The city grew in size and population.
Despite the Hundred Years’ War and the Wars of Religion (14th, 15th and 16th centuries), splendour and refinement continued to reign in the architecture due also to the wealth of the many merchants who came to and lived in Beaucaire.
From the 17th to the 19th century, the fair known as the Foire de la Madeleine brought international renown to Beaucaire. The fair lasted ten entire days and generated a volume of trade comparable to the business done in an entire year at the Port of Marseille. The French Revolution in 1789 did not put a stop to the merchants’ activity. This is the period when beautifu homes were built including the Clausonnette mansion and the Town Hall. The arrival of the railroad, which put an end to river traffic, gradually weakened the Foire de la Madeleine and Beaucaire entered a period of decline.

At the end of the 19th century and in the early 20th century, further significant construction took place in Beaucaire, including the levy that extends along the eastern side of the city, protecting the centre from the floodwaters of the
Rhône. The Halles food market and the town Casino, now the Salle des Fêtes were built then. The canal was dug during this period also, and connected Beaucaire to the Canal du Midi.
Please make advance appointment for a guided tour, from Monday to Friday 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:30 to 4:30, by calling 04 66 59 71 34.
A minimum of two persons are required for visits to take place!

Not to be missed:
Historical city centre in Beaucaire
From the church of Saint Paul to the Hôtel de Ville, including the Collegiate Church Notre-Dame des Pommiers and city mansions – discover the strong influence from the Foire de la Madeleine on urban development in Beaucaire.
(Game–book for each child following the visit!)
Meet at Place Raimond VII, at the base of the Château.

City mansions:
Remarkable city mansions are among the best witnesses of the rich past in Beaucaire. These ornate homes display their ostentatious facades and reserve hidden surprises for visitors who cross their thresholds and discover the elegant interior courtyards …
(Game–book for each child following the visit!)
Meet at Place Raimond VII, at the base of the Château.

The medieval Château:
Before becoming the seat of the bailiwick administrating the royal possessions in the south, the Château de Beaucaire was first the residence of the Counts of Toulouse, lords of Beaucaire and the Languedoc. The castle was besieged many times, such as is 1216 when siege was laid during the Albigensian crusade. The beautiful vestiges remaining today have a lot of stories to tell! (Game–book for each child following the visit!)

Meet at Place Raimond VII, au pied du Château.
Individuals, April to October:
• The medieval château
• Town mansions
• Church of Saint Paul, Three paintings by Jacques Reattu
• Heritage and Art Professions
• Heritage and legacy premises
• Belcaïre, the Albigensian crusade and the siege of 1216
• Industrial history – the wind farm in Beaucaire
• In between Provence and Languedoc, Beaucaire and its traditions
• Ugernum, ancient Beaucaire...
Groups, All year long by reservation booked at least 15 days in advance. Suggestions of themes:
• The medieval fortress
• Town mansions
• In the era of the Foire de la Madeleine
• Birth of a city
• Beaucaire, myths, legends and traditions
• Paintings in the church of Saint Paul
• Paintings at the church of Notre-Dame des Pommiers
• Roma Beaucaire antique and the Via Domitia
• Popular piety and statues
• In the footsteps of famous visitors ...
Education department: Heritage visits and workshops

PRICES

2016 - Tarif plein
6 €
2016 - Tarif réduit Etudiants, Demandeur d'Emploihômeurs, + de 60 ans
4 €
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Service Culture et Patrimoine
8 Rue Victor Hugo
Maison du Tourisme et du Patrimoine
30300 BEAUCAIRE

Tel : +33 (0)4 66 59 71 34

E-mail : patrimoine@laterredargence.fr

Website : www.provence-camargue-tourisme.com

PAYMENT MEANS

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Cash

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WE SPEAK

  • english
  • catalan
  • spanish
  • french
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