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Monastere de St-Paul-de-Mausole, St Remy de Provence

The asylum where Vincent Van Gogh retreated to after cutting off his ear

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After your explorations in Glanum, it's worth while to visit another place of memory, the asylum where Vincent van Gogh spent one year after the dramatic incident in Arles, when he cut off his ear. The Monastère de St-Paul-de-Mausole is just a short ride from Glanum. Since 1605 it has functioned as a psychiatric hospital, even today.

A wing of the grim building is available to the public. On the first floor, the door to a room stands open: A spartan bed, a simple chair, drab curtains, bare walls. Van Gogh must have spent that year, just before his death, in similar circumstances. Downstairs you will find an austere cloister with a surprisingly gentle courtyard. 

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