Orange, an exceptional, UNESCO-listed Roman heritage

  • Antique theatre © HOCQUEL A. / coll. ADT Vaucluse Tourisme
  • Choregies © HOCQUEL A. / coll. ADT Vaucluse Tourisme
  • Romans in Orange © Coll. Culture Espaces
Orange in Provence

Orange is a Roman town with two thousand years of history.

Due to its location in the heart of the Côtes du Rhone on the via Agrippa, Orange has remained an important stopping off point since ancient times.

 

The Ancient Theatre of Orange, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, is well known because of its exceptionally well preserved stage wall. It was an essential place in the life of the city, where the Romans spread their language and culture.

 

The Triumphal Arch, which is also a UNESCO world heritage site, is a major example of Roman art in Provence.

 

As a complement to these two monuments, the town of Orange has a Museum of Art and History, in a 17th century townhouse which includes a Gallo-Roman section with an old Roman land registry of the region, and a section devoted to the history of Orange, from prehistory to the present day. Finally, the town is next to the prestigious Châteauneuf-du-Pape vineyards which visitors can discover by car or on bikes upon leaving the town.