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Roquevaire

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Roquevaire is a "country town" and is composed of the main village and three hamlets: Pont de Joux, Pont de l'Etoile and Lascours. For those  who enjoy exploring by foot, Lascours is the gateway to Marcel Pagnol's hills and landscapes.

The old village, with its narrow and steep streets, will naturally lead you to its medieval 12th century castle, from which you can gaze at the Huveaune Valley.

Roquevaire owns two strong heritage assets: Provence eldest Merovingian chapel and one of the biggest organs in the world.

The St. Vincent Chapel is the eldest Merovingian chapel of Provence.

The “Grand Orgue” (Great Organ) of Pierre Cochereau: this organist was holder of the Notre Dame de Paris “Grandes Orgues” (Great Organs) from 1955 to 1984. He owned an organ of 70 stops on 5 different keyboards. One of its part now composes the 5 000 pipes of the sets of Roquevaire’s church. It is reputed to be one of the world's best instruments.

The "maison de celle qui peint» (Danielle Jacqui's house): Danielle Jacqui is an artist who has painted and decorated her house in an unusual, quirky manner. She initiated by the first Festival of Singular Art of Roquevaire in 1990. She is internationally recognised and one of her most notable achievements was her exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, USA.

The St. Vincent’s Church, with its impressive and austere appearance, is the place where you’ll find the famous Organ of Pierre Cochereau. The church is open daily from 9 to 11 a.m.The basic services are held by volunteers.

To see : the oratories, the Bonaparte bridge (16th century), the ruins of the castle, the bell tower of the Middle Ages...

Website of the City of Roquevaire: www.ville-de-roquevaire.fr