The town acquired its name from the Celts who called it 'the town of violent winds'. It faced floods, fires, pillaging, plague and Le Mistral (a violent, cold and northwesterly wind) but fortunately the greater part of the town remained untouched.
We may say that the town is decorated by churches, chapels and convents as the number of them is great. The cause of it is that the town used to be a residence of seven popes who were mainly interested in plotting and partying but not religion.
Due to its favorable geographical position the town and surroundings are very beautiful and colorful. Its images on River Rhone resemble magnificent paintings of Van Gogh.
The town is full of romance with its quite streets, secret gardens, secluded courtyards original and cozy at one and the same time cafes and restaurants.
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