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The Grand Chateau des Baux-de-Provence

Post by Sharat | December 28, 2017 | See France Destination Guides | Comment
The Grand Chateau des Baux-de-Provence

The Chateau des Baux-de-Provence is a castle that is located in Provence and stands above a village that bears its name. If you want to enter the castle you will have to walk through the village until you reach its highest point which is where the entrance is located. The castle sits on a large raised rock and the building and its surrounding areas are quite extensive, occupying 7 hectares. You will have to pay an entry fee to visit the castle but the fee includes an audio guide that explains the castle’s history and the lords who oversaw it.

Explore the Castle of Les Baux-de-Provence

Because the castle sits on raised rock it has always attracted people seeking to maintain their defences and this has been the case since Neolithic times. In fact, there are still marks on the wall that date back to when the castle was a quarry during the first century. It was during the 9th century that a castle was first constructed here and in the four centuries that followed, the structure was continuously fortified.

The towers

When you visit Chateau des Baux-de-Provence the main building you will see is a donjon that was built during the 13th century. There are also a number of troglodyte rooms and a chapel. There are three additional towers surrounding the donjon. You can climb the staircases in the towers but you must be very careful because after 800 years some of the steps are extremely eroded and it is easy to slip. As you wander around the various buildings of the castle you will see full scale reconstructions of medieval weaponry such as a catapult and battering ram which are very interesting indeed.

Spectacular views

Another good reason for visiting the castle is the spectacular views it offers across the valleys and village. They are simply breath-taking views which are even more impressive if you climb up the towers of the castle. If you want a tour of the castle, it will cost you about 10 Euros and there is an option of purchasing a combined ticket that grants access to both the castle and the Carrieres de Lumieres in Les Baux-de-Provence which will cost you 18 Euros. Discounts are offered for children and students.

Château des Baux-de-Provence, on Flickr

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