Residents, then and now


Many celebrities of the past and present came from, lived or live in Salon-de-Provence. All these people are the pride of our town and convey a fine image of it; that of talent, a mixture of arts, sport, an open mind and much more. We invite you to learn more about them by clicking on their names to discover their history, career, work, etc...


Adam de CRAPONNE | Antoine Blaise de CROUSILLAT | Bailly de SUFFREN | Catherine de MEDICIS




Adam de CRAPONNE - (1526-1576) Engineer

Adam de Craponne, born in Salon-de-Provence in 1526, who died of poisoning in Nantes in 1576, was a Provençal gentleman and a French engineer. During the Renaissance, Adam de Craponne changed the destiny of Salon.

 To carry the water that the town needed, he designed a canal which, by deviating water from the Durance River, irrigated the town and the Crau plain, enabling incredible agricultural and economic development. The town paid tribute to him for his work through a statue in 1854.




Antoine Blaise CROUSILLAT - (1814-1899) Salon Poet and Félibre

Antoine-Blaise Crousillat was born in Salon-de-Provence in 1814.

A Provençal poet, he took an active part in the revival of Provençal language and poetry. Although not one of the seven Félibre founders of the Felibrige, Antoine-Blaise Crousillat was an active participant, working with them from the earliest days of the Armana Provençau. An unassuming and retiring poet, he was in some ways the precursor of the Felibrige, creating the link between the elders and the Félibres.



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Bailly de SUFFREN - (1729-1788) - Vice-Admiral of France

Born in Saint Cannat in 1729.

He spent his childhood on the Richebois estate! Vice-Admiral of France, he was also named Bailli Grand Cross of the Order of Malta.



Catherine de MEDICIS - (1519-1589) Queen of France

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During a visit to Salon by Charles IX and the Queen Mother Catherine de Medici, at Château de l'Empéri, who honoured Nostradamus in notable fashion in 1564, the prophet cried out to the astonished crowd: “O ingrata patria, velut Abdera Democrito."

In order to relieve the pain from which Nostradamus the prophet suffered (gout), King Henry II sent him the sum of 100 crowns and the Queen, Catherine de Medici, gave him almost as much. As soon as he was able to move, he was sought by the court and consulted on all sorts of questions.

Some were related to affairs of state, others personal affairs, others concerned lost dogs, and so on. In all these situations, it would appear, Nostradamus showed remarkable skill and precision. The supreme proof of his talent was the horoscope which he had to draw up for the young princes François II, Charles IX and Henry III.


NOSTRADAMUS = Michel De NOSTREDAME - (1503-1566) Doctor and Astrophile

NOSTRADAMUS: "We give what belongs to us".

This is the translation of Nostra Damus, the name which Michel De Nostradame chose, marking his quest for knowledge and his intention of bringing it to as many people as possible. This motto applies as much to Mankind as it does to Salon which cultivates the passing on of knowledge.Nostradamus

An emblematic figure of the Renaissance, Nostradamus, was born on 14 December 1503 in Saint-Rémy de Provence, settled in Salon at the age of 44 (in 1547) and stayed there until he died on 2 July 1566.

With a fluent mastery of Latin, Greek, Hebrew and even Italian, he was above all a doctor. At a time when the only remedy against the plague was "go quickly far away and come back much later", he was among the first to offer aseptic measures.

A "Doctor-Astrophile", following the humanist movement, he studied every ailment and every part of the body according to the position of the constellations and planets. It was this study of astrology which led him to have his well-known "Centuries" printed in 1555; prophecies to which he still owes his mysterious reputation as a visionary today.

Above all loyal to his desire to hand down knowledge, he was quick to use the very new invention of printing to circulate his writings.



Raoul & Jean BRUNON - collector and founder of the Museum of the Empéri


After several exhibitions, the most famous of which in 1955 at the Palais de la Bourse in Marseille, Jean Brunon turned naturally to his hometown to donate his collection. Gaston Defferre, then Deputy Mayor of Marseille declined the offer, Jean Brunon then turns to Salon-de-Provence, where he had organized his 21st exhibition in 1965. With the support of Jean Francou, Mayor of Salon-de-Provence, and Pierre Messmer, Minister of armies, the collection, promoted to the rank of national heritage, is vested in the Museum of the Army (Hotel des Invalides in Paris).

 In the 1970s, the collection to export taking advantage of the huge popularity around the first Empire: Montreal in 1974, London in 1976, then Yorktown and finally the Japan. On May 23, 1982, Jean Brunon died in Fourquevaux in Haute-Garonne, and he is buried in Marseille at the age of 86. His son Raoul, took up the torch and modernizes the Emperi Castle by opening many new classrooms.

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