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Coat of arms of Pernes-les-Fontaines
Pernes-les-Fontaines (France)
region Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Department Vaucluse
Arrondissement Carpentras
Canton Pernes-les-Fontaines (main town)
Community association Sorgues du Comtat
Coordinates 44 ° 0 ′  N , 5 ° 4 ′  E Coordinates: 44 ° 0 ′  N , 5 ° 4 ′  E
height 36-263 m
surface 51.12 km 2
Residents 9,620 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 188 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 84210
INSEE code


Pernes-les-Fontaines is a French municipality with 9620 inhabitants (at January 1, 2017) in the department of Vaucluse in the region Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur . It belongs to the canton of Pernes-les-Fontaines in the Arrondissement Carpentras and to the community association Communauté de communes des Sorgues du Comtat .


Pernes-les-Fontaines is located between L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, eleven kilometers away, and Carpentras, six kilometers away . Other neighboring towns are La Roque-sur-Pernes , Saint-Didier , Venasque and Le Beaucet .


Pernes was the capital of the Comtat Venaissin until 1320 .

In 1936 Pernes was renamed Pernes-les-Fontaines .

Coat of arms and motto

The city ​​coat of arms shows a golden sun and a silver drop of water on a blue background.

The motto is: inter alia lucet Dei gratia ("she shines above everything by the grace of God").


Population development

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2008
Residents 4,860 5,560 6,088 6,961 8,304 10.170 10,440

age structure

26 percent of the population are 19 years old or younger. Seven percent of the population are 75 years old or older.


Parish Church of Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth
Porte Notre Dame with bridge and chapel
  • Fortified city gate: The Porte Notre Dame from 1548 is framed by two imposing semicircular towers. The papal coat of arms was carved during the revolution . The bridge in front of the gate was destroyed in 1945 and rebuilt six years later. The Notre-Dame-des-Grâces chapel, located between the two arches of the bridge, was built around 1510.
  • Two other gates are still visible as remains of the old city wall: the Porte Saint-Gilles on the Canal de Carpentras and the Porte de Villeneuve at the Office de Tourisme, both from the 14th century.
  • The Halle Couverte (1622–1627) was a barracks, then a cinema, before regaining its old look.
  • The clock tower from the 12th century was the keep of the castle of the Counts of Toulouse , which has carried the clock since 1486. The wrought iron bell cage was added in 1764.
  • Birthplace of Esprit Fléchier (1632–1710) on Place Fléchir , the ends of the beams carved as chimeras have been preserved on the roof corners .
  • The town hall has been housed in the Brancas family's town house since 1741 . The monumental staircase, the French-style beamed ceilings and the paintings with mythological scenes give a good impression of the interior design of a 17th century townhouse. In the inner courtyard there is a mossy fountain from the 18th century.
  • The Notre-Dame-de-la-Rose chapel on the Place du Portail-Neuf was reconstructed in 1938. The facade from the 17th century is still preserved.
  • The Tour de Ferrande was built before the end of the 13th century and is said to have belonged to the Knights of St. John . On the inner walls are joint paintings , fleur-de-lys , tendril friezes and the star of the Baux house , but the most interesting representations can be found on the top floor. Scenes from the 13th century presumably show the battle of Benevento between Karl von Anjou and Manfred , the biological son of Emperor Frederick II. A portrait of Mary and a Christophorus with baby Jesus complete the picture .
  • Outside the city, a roofed cross commemorates the handover of the city ​​keys to the papal legate on May 13, 1433.


Web links

Commons : Pernes-les-Fontaines  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f g h i j Michel Albarède et al .: Vaucluse (=  Encyclopédies du Voyage ). Gallimard Loisirs, Paris 2007, ISBN 2-7424-1900-4 , p. 316-317 .
  2. ^ Thorsten Droste: Provence (=  DuMont art travel guide ). 7th edition. DuMont Reiseverlag, Ostfildern 2011, ISBN 978-3-7701-3927-9 , p. 203 .
  3. a b L'Armorial des Villes et des Villes de France. Accessed May 10, 2020 (French).
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