Sisteron: An Impressive Painting
Your first glimpse of Sisteron is bount to be an immutable snapshot engraved in your memory.. Perched at a height of 485 metres, the old town and its citadelle overlook the azure waters of the Durance and look down on the imposing Rocher de la Sainte-Baume, stoic on the other side of the river. On the border of the Alps and Provence, Sisteron has inherited the southern sun. A brilliant light spills over the clay roofs of the old town all year, freezing the setting into a colorful impressionist painting, like those of Paul Signac. Stroll through the maze of little streets punctuated by Romanesque facades, sculpted doors, stairs and « andrônes, » the typically Provençal covered passages. Admire the Cathédrale Notre-Dame-des-Pommiers, its surrounding towers, remains of the historic ramparts, and, especially, the magnificent wrought-iron spirals on top of the clock tower.