Vaucluse is a department in southeast France usually called 'La Provence' ....surrounded by medieval ramparts, the city of Avignon is known for its huge Palace of the Popes, a 14th century fortress. Nearby, on the Rhône are the remains of the medieval Avignon Bridge. The town of Orange has preserved Roman structures, such as the Ancient Theater of Orange and Triumphal Arch. Mont Ventoux is a well-known mountain featured in the Tour de France race. Vaucluse was created in August 1793 out of parts of the departments of Bouches-du-Rhône, Drôme and Basses-Alpes, later renamed Alpes de Haute Provence. Vaucluse is bordered by the Rhône to the west and the Durance to the south. Mountains occupy a significant proportion of the eastern half of the department, with Mont Ventoux (1,912 m), also known as "the Giant of Provence", dominating the landscape. Other important mountain ranges include the Dentelles de Montmirail, the Monts de Vaucluse and the Luberon.
Fruit and vegetables are cultivated in great quantities in the lower-lying parts of the department, on one of the most fertile plains in Southern France. The Vaucluse department has a rather large exclave within the Drôme department, the canton of Valréas (Enclave des Papes). Vaucluse is also known for its karst, including the karst spring Fontaine de Vaucluse after which "Vauclusian Risings" are named. Important urban centres include Avignon, Orange, Carpentras, Cavaillon and Apt. More information on the wikipedia website.
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