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Chateau des Baux de Provence

13520 Les Baux de Provence, France
+33 (0)4 90 54 55 56
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Type: Historic Sites, Castles
Owner description: With a view over Provence to the Mediterranean, the Château des Baux is one of the most beautiful sites in France. It is also a unique place marked by... more » Owner description: With a view over Provence to the Mediterranean, the Château des Baux is one of the most beautiful sites in France. It is also a unique place marked by a turbulent past of more than ten centuries: from the Counts of Les Baux (who claimed to be descended from King Balthazar) to the Château’s destruction in 1483 by Richelieu after the wars of religion.This medieval stronghold contains both a castle and a village. « less
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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

From the little film in the church to the stunning views from the top, this place gives you a real feel for midieval times. Wander at your liesure, taking in a little or all of the splendor of this site.

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Cardinal Richelieu, France's answer to Oliver Cromwell, when it came to knocking things down, levelled the chateau in 1632. And I mean levelled! Apart from the small museum there is little left to see. A few replica catapults and a superb view of the countryside with its olive groves. Even when it is sunny the mistral wind blows across the... More

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Weesp, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We visited the castle for the second time since our first visit last year. We highly recommended taking time to walk around and listen to the excellent audio-guide. Great information about the history of the castle, but also about the region in general. When visiting in high season make sure you stay for the demonstrations offered on site. The catapult... More

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Sydney, Australia
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29 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

At the highest point of this hilltop castle town, the chateau is very impressive from a distance perched high on the cliff edge, it has a great view from the very top when you climb up to it (if you can stand the wind) and some very interesting aspects in the detail, including replicas of a medieval battering ram and... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

While on a biking trip through Provence we spent a day in Chateau des Baux de Provence. The ride to the Chateau was a bit steep for a small portion of the ride but once we were at the top it was worth the effort. The walled city is filled with shops and restaurants but the real attraction is the... More

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Arusha, Tanzania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Chateau des Baux de Provence is not to be missed when you are in the St. Remy area. While it can be crowded during high season it is worth it.

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Seattle
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The ruins are nothing special. The only thing that was great was the view. It was also a very hot day so I guess I was a little less enchanted. The little 'show' reminded me of universal studio theme park. The Carrieres de lumieres on the other hand was AMAZING.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

What an interesting site this is, and we enjoyed a fun demonstration of the catapult while we were there. There are other demonstrations during the day if you have more time to explore. Lots of space so it didn't feel crowded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

Both the village and the castle are well worth a visit. It's busy but worth it. Lovely atmosphere and the castle is beautiful. A must see in the Provence!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We visited this chateau as part of a double ticket attraction after first seeing the Carrieres des Lumieres in the same village. The chateau offers plenty of rich history and is a substantial visit. The views of the surrounding countryside were truly spectacular; the best place to park is by Carrieres - free parking but busy and then walk up... More

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