- There is also a British synthesiser manufacturer called Orgon Systems.
Orgon (ancient Urgonum, Castrum de Urgone) is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône département in southern France.
Neighbouring villages and small towns include Les Baux de Provence
. Orgon is one of the twelve communes of the Alpilles
area, a small mountain chain made famous through paintings of Vincent van Gogh
and novels of the French author Alphonse Daudet
. The river Durance
runs through it.
The village of Orgon harbours a 19th century monastery overlooking the Durance
valley (Notre Dame du Beauregard) and the ruins of a Templar
In history, Orgon is known through the attempted lynching of Napoleon Bonaparte
on his way to Saint Helena
passing through the village. Orgon was also the birth place of the French poet Antoine Pomme
(1620) and the painter Louis Espérandieu
The area is home to the second residences of various French and international artists and politicians.
Having given its name to a specific type of limestone found only in this area, the recent plans of extension of the mining activities of the company OMYA
in Orgon have led to protest actions by French intellectuals
throughout the country, worried about the risks to the preservation of the natural and historic specificities of Alpilles
hills. The dispute regarding the extension plans of the multi-national mining company OMYA have to an extent come to an end through the announced nomination of the territory as a protected Regional Parc
as of January 1, 2007.