Four UNESCO sites
Welcome to Provence
Provence is home to 4 of France’s 42 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Two of them date back to Roman times: the Théâtre Antique and Arc de Triomphe in Orange, and the Arènes d’Arles, bearing witness to the frenzy of building projects instigated by the Roman emperors in 1 AD. Avignon‘s historic quarter and the Palais des Papes – the residence of the Pontiffs in the 14th century – are also UNESCO sites. In 2008, the Cité Radieuse in Marseille, designed by Le Corbusier, was also added to the UNESCO list. Built from 1947 onwards, this housing complex comprising 337 apartments, nicknamed « The Madman’s House, » was not to everyone’s taste.