France / Provence

Arles

Museum of Old Arles

Avenue 1ere division de la France libre, presqu'île du cirque romain, 13635 Arles

Museon Arlaten

29-31 Rue de la République, 13200 Arles, France

The medieval rue des Juifs is the present-day rue du Docteur Fanton. As in Aix-en-Provence, the Jewish quarter was totally transformed and integrated into the town after the expulsion of the Jews from Arles in 1493. This prefigured the expulsion of all the Provençal Jews in 1500-1501.

The Museum of Old Arles (Musée de l’Arles Antique) holds two funerary inscriptions. On the first we read: “This is the burial place of Juda, the young son of Rabbi Mardochée. May the spirit of he who never sinned rest. May he abide in Eden”. The second indicates that “This is the sepulcher of our master Meir”.

The Museon Arlaten, a museum devoted to folk art and traditions, has a number of Jewish objects from the Provence region.