Perched between Pertuis and Lourmarin, Cadenet offers a panoramic view over Durance, Luberon, Sainte-Victoire and Alpilles.
Cadenet knew in the first half of the XIXth century a prosperity based on the development of the handicrafts. Numerous workshops of baskets settled in the village, working the osier cultivated in the valley of Durance.
- The Museum of the basketry,
- The statue of the Tambour d’Arcole,
- The church of Saint Etienne,
- The site of the castle, with its troglodyte houses and its panorama over the valley of Durance,
- The fountains and washhouses.
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The Place du Tambour d’Arcole
Start from the place of the Tambour d’Arcole that dates to XIXth century, from where numerous streets begin.
In the center is held, since 1894, the André Estienne’s statue, more known under the name of “Petit Tambour d’Arcole” (Small Drum of Arcole).
This place was first named the “place of cattle market” since it was situated outside the village and, in the XVIth and XVIIth centuries, the trade of cattle was settled there.
The Rue Louis Blanc
At the bottom of this place, coming down the steps, you can observe in the “Rue Louis Blanc” the fountain called “chickpeas” because its water would facilitate the cooking of this vegetable. Nearby you can see one of the defensive towers still visible, dating back to XVIth centrury.
The Avenue Gambetta
On the numbers 41-43 of the Gambetta’s Avenue, direction to Avignon, there is a former house of the Brothers. This house, renovated during the XIXth century, was used as a school in the XIXth century, then as a workshop of basket.
The Rue Fécilien David
Take the street of Félicien David (compositor, 1810-1876) by passing in front of his native house (n°11), then continue to the former ramparts overhanging the Durance Valley.
The Place Carnot
Take again the Gambetta’s Avenue on the left to go to the place Carnot. On this place you can see the osier’s fountain (said mossy fountain). Built during the reign of Napoléon III, it was used by the basket maker of the district to soak the osier.
The Rue Victor Hugo
Go up the street of Victor Hugo and enjoy the n°41 with its classical façade and its door with knocker.
The Place de l’Horloge
There you can admire the belfry built in 1876.
The Place du 14 Juillet
Lower, the place of 14th July is the former place of the market. In the center, there is the fountain, characteristic of the XIXth century with its obelisk crowned by a globe and its 4 dolphins spitting water. Going down the street of Victor Hugo, notice a corner oratory whom the statue had disappeared for a long time. To go back to the place of the Tambour d’Arcole, you pass by the location of the former “Saint Anne’s gate” that was the main gate of the city, destroyed in the XIXth century. Higher, at the corner of the “Rue Viala” you can still observer a fragment of the former rampart’s walkaway.
The Rue Kebler
Come down the Kebler’s street at the corner of the pharmacy to the washhouse where a scene of the Bugade (washing of former time) had been reconstituted.
The Place Mirabeau
Go up to the place of the Tambour d’Arcole by passing by the place of Mirabeau and notice the unusual plate “Forbidden to trot”, near the roundabout.
The Place du Tambour d’Arcole
Strat from this place where a curious fountain is built on the left of the bakery. The water goes out from a little lion’s head to fall in big hands serving as a basin.
The Rue Denfert-Rochereau
Follow the street of Denfert-Rochereau, former “Rue Salpêtrière”. The salpêtriers collected in the wet cellars an important quantity of saltpeter intended for the manufacturing of gunpowder. The production stopped at the end of the XVIIIth century. This street follows the outside of the North ramparts.
Follow the “Place du 4 Septembre” (or “Place de la Mairie”). In its center, there was once a fountain fed by a hand-pump.
The Rue Marceau
On the left, go up the Marceau’s street to the washhouse dating to XIXth century. By its low part, the street follows the inside of the Eats ramparts. Admire the entrance of the former convent (XVIIth century). Take the “Rue Raspail” on the left then one the place, come down to “Rue Baudin”. To middle Age to the beginning of the Modern time, it was inhabited by the Jewish community and was closed by a door.
The Rue de l’Hôpital Vieux
Continue the “Rue Baudin” and go to the “Rue de l’Hôpital vieux” where there was a hospital used till 1775. A arched passage connects what were both parts of the hospital.
The foot of the castle
Pass under the porch then take on the left where you follow the cliff and its former troglodyte houses, at the foot of the castle.
The Rue Neuve
Continue “Rue Baroque” to the fountain, at the foot of the “Rue Neuve”, where are situated the rupestral houses from the beginning of XXth century. A way allows to go up to the castle’s site.
Go back and come down by the “Rue Ledru Rollin”, on the right, (former “Rue Saint Esprit” and “Faubourg des Héraults”). Numerous old houses line it (reshaped during the last years).
Return on the place of the Tambour d’Arcole by the staircases of the “Rue Echelle”.
Village centre, Lake 5 km away, River 5 km away, Mountain view, View over the vineyards,
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