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Fontaine-de-Vaucluse is a village of 611 inhabitants, 7 km east to l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgues. It stands among the villages of Provence with the most visitors because of its very special spring that flows from the base of a 230 m high cliff. It has a flow of 630 million cubic meters per year, which, according to the Tourist Office makes it the most powerful in Europe and the fifth in the world.
The village was long named Vaucluse but as it is also the name of the “département”, that often brought confusion. This is why it took the name of its major feature and is now called “Fontaine-de –Vaucluse”
The name of Vaucluse comes from the name given by the Romans, “Vallis Clausa” (closed valley) as the spring is at the end of a narrow and deep valley, almost closed.
These natural sites has since very long ago fascinated writers and poets such as: Pétrarque, Boccace, Chateaubriand, Frédéric Mistral and René Char.
This photo was taken on top of the village, on the road to Gordes (another superb village of inland Provence, on which I... more travel advice
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