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Route n°6 : Around the Espace Souleïado and Candlemakers at the Abbey of the Prémontrés

 

 

Dive into the heart of the Souleïado factory’s past and explore the fascinating history of fabric printing and Provençal costume with a visit to Espace Souleïado.

 


► L'Espace Souleiado (Formerly hôtel d’Aiminy) - 39, rue Charles Deméry

 

Founded in 1988 as a tribute to Provence’s textile tradition, the Souleïado museum is based in the former mansion Hôtel d'Aiminy where you can still admire the rusticated 17th century façade. Behind the large windows in the courtyard are the company’s offices, the museum and shop.

Fabric printing, in which Souleïado specialises, dates back to 1806 in Tarascon. The Souleïado brand was created by Charles Demery in 1939 and continues this tradition.

The museum is a maze of colourful rooms exhibiting Provençal costumes, mixed clay earthenware and popular or religious objects including some relating to the art of bullfighting. Upstairs, the former printing workshops still house the collection of wooden boards which were used to print patterns onto fabrics by hand right up to 1977.

 

 

 

USEFUL INFORMATION:

Hôtel Souleïado

39, rue Charles Deméry

13150 Tarascon

 

Museum reception

Contact: 04 90 91 50 11

 

Shop

Contact: 04 90 91 76 05

 

Opening hours

 

Espace Souleïado - Shop

1st April to 30th September: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 19:00

1st October to 31st March: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 18:30

Closed on Sundays and bank holidays

 

Entrance fee:

Adult: 7 €

Student (with a valid student card): 5 €

Child (under 12): Free

Group (12 people or more): 5 €/person

 

Mettre lien direct Site Internet :www.souleiado.com

Contact : contact@souleiado.com

 

 

► Candlemakers at the Abbey of the Prémontrés - 39, rue Charles Deméry

 

The ancestral expertise of the White Canons of the Abbey de Saint Michel de Frigolet lives on in the candlemakers’ Tarascon workshop. Forced to leave their abbey in 1903, these master candlemakers managed to pass on their secrets and today church candles and candles of any size are made using their two techniques which date back to the 15th century: dipping or with a ladle. The Candlemakers at the Abbey of the Prémontrés remains a main supplier to a large number of churches and chapels in Provence.

 

USEFUL INFORMATION:

Ciergerie de l’abbaye des Prémontrés

Hôtel Souleïado

39, rue Charles Deméry

13150 Tarascon

 

Reception

Contact: 04 90 91 76 05

Fax: 04 90 91 01 08

 

Free entry

1st April to 30th September: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:30 to 19:00

1st October to 31st March: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:30 to 18:30

Closed on Sundays and bank holidays

 

Entrance fee:

Free entry

(Entry through the Souleïado shop)

 

Mettre lien direct Site Internet : www.ciergerie.fr

Contact : info@ciergerie.fr

 

► Saint Jacques Church - Place Saint-Jacques

 

Saint Jacques Church is currently being restored. It was built between 1740 and 1745 following architect Jean-Baptiste Franque’s layout to replace the former Saint Jacques chapel which dated back to the Middle Ages and was in a very poor state as well as being too cramped.

The new church is an elegant Baroque style building topped with a dome on transept. The façade is made from Beaucaire stone. The sacristy has original wood features, a baldachin in gold wood tops the altar and the 18th century organs in the church come from the Convent of the Ursulines.

 

 

 

 

► Porte Saint-Jean 

 

In the town’s south east is Porte Saint-Jean which was once one of three main entrances to the former town centre. Named after a nearby chapel dedicated to Saint John the Baptist, this gate was renovated in 1758, during work on the ramparts. Following the flooding of the Rhône, the town built a gold-plated iron statue of the Virgin Mary on top of it in 1866 with the following inscription carved into the stone: "Posuerunt me custodent" ("the people of Tarascon have appointed me as their guardian").
 

 

 

►Notre Dame de Bonaventure Chapel - Rue du Jeu de Paume (no admission to the interior)

Located on the corner of the former Hôtel-Dieu Saint-Nicolas, Notre Dame de Bonaventure Chapel was built in 1474 as we can tell from the Gothic style of its architecture. It is therefore older than the hospital that was built in 1566. Originally it was the town’s carpenters and woodworkers’ brotherhood chapel dedicated to the Immaculate Virgin. During the Provence Fronde (war) in 1570, the chapel’s bell was meant to signal an attack by the Ampus troops, helped by the betrayal of some of the town, but the plot was discovered.