Vallis Clausa - Paper Mill

Tourist service in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse :

Paper is made from rags in tanks, as it was in the 15th century. Visit the paper-making area, the large shop with engravings and poems printed on the handmade paper.
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Paper is made on site, printed or sold to watercolourists, calligraphers, publishers and other interested parties. The paper-maker works on site. He can be seen at work by the tanks, which you can see from the gallery which takes you across the work space, from which y ou can see the water wheel, the tanks, the old machines, and the piles of rags from which the paper is made.
A bit of background: the first paper mill in Provence was opened in Carpentras in 1374. However, Fontaine de Vaucluse became the biggest paper making site over the following centuries. The arrival of the Popes in Avignon in the 1300's doubtlessly had an influence on the thriving paper production in the area.
Maximum number of persons: 25 (handicapped-accessible). English spoken.

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Dates and times

From 01/02 to 31/03, daily.

From 01/04 to 30/04, daily.

From 01/05 to 30/06, daily.

From 01/07 to 31/08, daily between 10 am and 7.30 pm.

From 01/09 to 30/09, daily.

From 01/10 to 31/10, daily.

From 01/11 to 30/11, daily.

From 01/12 to 31/01, daily.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st and December 25th.

Languages spoken

  • French


Vallis Clausa - Paper Mill
Vallis Clausa SA
Chemin de la Fontaine
84800 Fontaine-de-Vaucluse
Tel : View number 04 90 20 34 14
E-Mail :
Website :


Longitude : 5.130279
Latitude : 43.921688