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The kiosque Peynet on the Champ de Mars|Photo Lou GabianThe monumental fountain of Valencia|The Saint-Apollinaire Cathedral|Photo OT ValenceThe facade of the House of the heads|The Jouvet Park|Anne-Sophie Pic in the kitchens of the Maison Pic|Photo RESO

Valencia, the Meridian Gate

Valencia is built in terraces on the left bank of the Rhône. It has kept its charm and authenticity. Its colourful markets, its gardens and its inviting pedestrian streets announce the start of the Provence. Classified 'Cities and countries of art and history' Valencia boasts a glorious past.

Brief summary of history

Valencia is attached to the Kingdom of France in 1446. The University founded in 1452 by the Dauphin Louis II, future King Louis XI, attracts famous professors, booksellers and printers. The art of the Renaissance is vividly in Valencia.

After violent episodes of the wars of Religion, Francis I decided in 1581 to build a second wall and a Citadel. Spiritual movements and the foundations of convents of Catholic reform dominate 17th century. The military function develops at Valencia in the 18th century. In 1785 the artillery school welcomes the young Napoleon Bonaparte. The ideas of the enlightenment influenced the development of the Champ de Mars and the promenade of the Dodger on the location of the outer rampart.

The old Valencia

In this area that formerly comprised the historic centre of the city of Valencia, there are:

  • The Romanesque Saint-Apollinaire Cathedral which was built in the 11th century. Several blocks of stone from the Saint-Apollinaire Cathedral are the reuse of Gallo-Roman buildings of the city of Valentia.
  • The place of clerics is lined with colourful facades. It is from the 5th century, when the episcopal district was created, the place of clerics began to gain importance. Shops settled, marches took place and it was justice.
  • The House of the heads was built between 1528 and 1532. The Renaissance facade has several heads carved representing wind, fortune, time and theology. This House marks the passage of the Gothic style to Renaissance style.
  • The Museum of the fine arts of Valencia is the only Museum of its kind in the Drôme. Its collections bring together paintings, drawings, sculptures and decorative arts from the 16th century to the 20th century. Housed in the former Bishop's Palace, it houses a hundred drawings of Hubert Robert with lots of blood.
  • The pendant is a Renaissance-inspired building. It probably is the funerary monument of Nicolas Mistral, the Canon of the Cathedral Saint-Apollinaire.
  • The House of the e (13th century) Draper keeps a medieval aspect despite the restorations of the 19th century. It probably belonged to a rich clothier.
  • The Italian theatre dates back to 1837. Recently renovated, it is one of the jewels of the 19th century architecture in Valencia.

The vile news of Valencia

  • The "boulevards of Valencia" are for large walks on the former location of the ramparts and buildings hausmannian style lined.
  • The Champ-de-Mars is a vast esplanade in terraces overlooking the Jouvet Park and the Rhône. The bandstand built in 1860 on the esplanade served as the model designer Raymond Peynet to immortalize her "lover".
  • The monumental fountain is a work of the architect Eugène Poitoux from 1887. It is located in the City Center on the boulevards.
  • Valencia-City station, whose facade was inspired by the Grand Trianon of Versailles. The building, which was put into service in 1866, was designed by Louis-Jules Bouchot, architect of Napoleon III.


The Jouvet Park is a public park of 7 hectares created in 1905. It contains more than 700 trees of various species. This park also has a pet store, a small train, and a rose garden.

Valencia channels are a unique heritage in France. It is a place to walk and for some and trout farm. Channels joined the city since Roman times. the network of more than 16 kilometres through the city.


The Swiss, a speciality of Valencia
«Switzerland» is a speciality of Valencia. This is a biscuit dough sanded, snowman-shaped with powder, almond and orange peel. The name, shape and decoration of this cookie are inspired by the uniform of the Swiss guards of Pope Pius VI, who died in Valencia.

The head Anne-Sophie Pic
The Michelin Guide has devoted Anne-Sophie Pic at the highest level by awarding him a 3rd star for the excellence of its cuisine. She is the only woman head in France 3 stars in the Michelin guide. For the first time, three generations of cooks are awarded 3 stars, after his grandfather André in 1934 and his father Jacques in 1973.
Maison Pic Restaurant-Hotel - 285 avenue Victor Hugo, 26000 Valence Tel. 33 (0) 4 75 44 15 32.

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