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Montmajour Abbey

Prestigious monument UNESCO World Heritage, the Benedictine monastery of Montmajour, established on a rocky island surrounded by a swamp two kilometers from Arles, was founded or rather confirmed in 948.


Visitors Information

Montmajour Abbey

Route de Fontvieille, 13200 Arles, France
Open: 1 April – 30 June: every day, 9.30am – 6pm (last admission at 5.15pm)
1 July – 30 September : every day, 10am – 18.30pm (last admission at 5.45pm)
1 October – 31 March: every day except Monday, 10am – 5pm (last admission at 4.15pm)

Saint-Victor Abbey

3 rue de l’Abbaye, 13007 Marseille
Open: visits all Tuesday and Thursday 4 – 6pm

Castrum du Verdelet

13113 Lamanon
Open: free entry, except if fire risk in summer time (see Prefecture Bouches-du-Rhône website for the fire risk evaluation in summer time), and the fall hunting activity
Accessibility: sporty

Castrum de l’Hauture

13270 Fos-sur-Mer
www.fos-sur-mer.fr (only French version of historical and tourism service link)

Oppidum de Saint-Blaise

Saint-Mitre-Les Remparts
Open: 1 November – 31 March: Tuesday – Sunday, 8.30 – 12am and 1.30 – 5 pm
1 April – 31 October: Tuesday – Sunday, 8.30 – 12am and 2 – 6pm


The closest airport is Marseille Provence Airport but it’s at 88,3 km and 59 min from Arles. All transport information can be found on the airport website.

There is a regional express train serving the Arles station from Marseille or other cities in the region. The hours of lines are provided (in French) on the website of the station TER of Arles city. From the station you have to go to Montmajour abbey by car (about 3 km).

For itinerary by car, use the ViaMichelin website in order to get the quickest, the shortest or the most economical route directions to go to Arles and Montmajour. On the ‘Route Planner’, indicate to ‘Abbaye de Montmajour 13200 Arles, France’.


A large choice of hotels/accomodation can be found in the city of Arles, at 2 km of Montmajour. All those informations can be found on ViaMichelin website, in multiple languages.

For more information (adresses and links to the pages of 3 hotels or hostels recommended and also virtual visit of the city) you can go on the website of Arles tourist service.

About us

Aix-Marseille Université/CNRS/LA3M (UMR7298)

Our institution, CEC Francia Media project partner, is an academic and scientific research public organism. The Laboratoire d’Archéologie Médiévale et Moderne en Méditerranée, founded in 1968 by Gabrielle Démians d’Archimbaud, is a common component (UMR 7298) at Aix-Marseille University and at the CNRS. It brings together 15 professors, 7 searchers from the CNRS and 11 engineers or technicians. The archaeological research is extended to the whole of the Mediterranean area, including studies of archaeological material (ceramics and glass), in southern France and also on the excavations sites opened in Cairo, Portugal, Tunisia, Cyprus, Armenia, Morocco, Uzbekistan, Antilles or northern Syria.

Written by

Andreas Hartmann-Virnich, Aix-Marseille-Université/LA3M UMR 7298, France; texts: Landscape, Settlement, History, Archaeology, Personalities, Development of the site

Françoise Paone, INRAP, France; text: Archaeological research

André Constant, Aix-Marseille-Université/LA3M UMR 7298, France; CEC Francia Media Provence team coordinator; text: Original charters and manuscripts (11th-12th)

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