Adventurer's Index, France, Galleries The Churches of Provence & Beyond Posted on August 24, 2014March 7, 2018Author Slowlanefrance France today is a more secular country, but Catholic churches and cathedrals — such as Marseille’s Notre Dame de la Garde — dominate the landscape. The Marseille basilica, devoted to protecting the city’s seafarers, rises above high above the port. The church’s gilded and majestic interior has its share of ships, too. On market day, in l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, the church rises above the town’s main square. It has an ornate Baroque interior. Here, the church floor in the Luberon village of Ansouis is warmed by light reflected through its stained-glass windows. Late afternoon winter sunlight warms the front of Arles’ church on the main square. Palace of the Popes, Avignon On the ramparts of the Palace of the Popes, Avignon Chapel built into the hillside of Mont Sainte Victoire, east of Aix-en-Provence Aix’s main cathedral, Saint Sauveur A statue on Aix’s Saint Sauveur Notre Dame from the Seine. Windows in Notre Dame Sacre-Coeur, taken from the Pompidou msueum in Paris A miniature roadside chapel in the Haute-Saone region of France A church in one of the village’s of Alsace Strasbourg Cathedral The door of Strasbourg Cathedral Beaune in Burgundy country.