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 circuit around the fountains comprises two signposted routes in the historic centre of Pernes.
Not only can you discover the 40 fountains adorning the village, but also wander along the cobbled streets, see the monuments and private houses, gardens and medieval ruins.
The Covered Hall
Built in circa 1725, these "Halles" can be found in the Place du Cormoran, just after you go through the ramparts of Pernes and passing over the Notre-Dame bridge, on which was also built the chapel of the same name.
This remarkable hall used to house the indoor market, and is still used for various occasions such as the Christmas market or during heritage festivals every 4 years in September, as shown in the photo.
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.