Sorgue ( Occitan: Sòrgas ) is a commune of the département of Vaucluse in the Provence- Alpes- Côte d' Azur. Administratively, it is the canton and the Bédarrides Arrondissement Avignon Carpentras.

Location and economic

The town with 18,222 inhabitants ( 1 January 2011) is located in the historic province of Provence, at the mouth of the river Ouvèze in the Rhône. The Rhône is in Sorgues the border to Gard. 10 km south is Avignon. It lies on the railway line and the A7 motorway Lyon- Orange. The city is dominated by the neighboring prefecture capital of Avignon with its outstanding cultural and historical significance. In the northern neighborhood is the famous wine region of Châteauneuf -du -Pape. The population of the municipality has grown rapidly in the 1970s by larger residential block settlements on the outskirts. Sorgue has a large industrial area near the highway. It has all the school activities, sports facilities and a swimming pool. German sister city is betting mountain near Giessen.


Sorgue has a historic city center. The settlement was founded on a bridge ( Pons Worried ) over the Ouvèze and, under the court of the Popes in Avignon in the 14th century, an early flowering. A mint and a pope palace were located here.

In Sorgue was on August 14, 1944, the " Le Train fantôme " re-formed, a train with deportees, who brought 600 imprisoned antifascists, members of the Resistance and especially Jews in the German concentration camps of Ravensbrück and Dachau. Only a few survived.

Picasso and Braque

In the summer of 1912 the two painters Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso lived in Sorgue. During this period a number of very famous cubist paintings and the first paper collés. Braque came to 1930 again and again to Sorgues back and spent 1915 to 1917, the period of his convalescence after an injury during the First World War.