Pernes les Fontaines
As the name suggests, Pernes Les Fontaines is the town of fountains! No less than 40 ancient fountains are dotted around the place that has been thus named since 1936. There are fountains of all shapes and sizes - covered with moss or mascaron, monumental or minuscule... They increased in number in the second half of the 18th century. The trail to discover the 40 fountains is an excellent excuse to explore the heritage and other charms of Pernes-les-Fontaines, with the gentle murmur of running water providing a peaceful soundtrack.
The 40 Fountains Trail
The fountain circuit starts in the historic centre of Pernes.
Two signposted routes allow you not only to discover the 40 fountains of the village, but also to walk through the narrow cobbled streets, to see the monuments and private mansions, the gardens and medieval remains...
The Covered Hall
Built around 1725, you will find these halls on the Place du Cormoran just after entering the ramparts of Pernes, passing over the Notre-Dame bridge, which supports the chapel of the same name in its middle.
These remarkable halls were used to house the market. Nowadays they are still used on various occasions such as the Christmas market or as shown in the photo during the heritage celebrations, every 4 years in September.
The Museum of Comtadin Traditional Dress
In Pernes there is an association that has given itself the mission of preserving the regional (comtadin) traditional dress. The Comtat Venaissin is a small area that was part of the Papal State until 1791 (when it was returned to France).
As in many regions, its inhabitants' traditional dress had certain characteristics, and the museum works to collect information on this. Enthusiasts reproduce them during sewing workshops and the result of this work is presented to the public.