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Chateau des Baux de Provence

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Address: 13520 Les Baux de Provence, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)4 90 54 55 56
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Description: With a view over Provence to the Mediterranean, the Château des Baux is...
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.
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On a rocky plateau in the heart of the Alpillio Mt. regional park in Provence you'll find this ruined Chateau and restored village with its' more than 20 historical buildings. Yes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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Petoskey, Michigan
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299 reviews 299 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

On a rocky plateau in the heart of the Alpillio Mt. regional park in Provence you'll find this ruined Chateau and restored village with its' more than 20 historical buildings. Yes there is a fee and it is a tourist attraction but it is still easy to get lost in both the magic of the village and the breathtaking beauty... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Superb place, both geographical and historical landmark. Not to be missed if you are in the region. Worth the fee for the visit of the chateau ( Ticket office staff could be more friendly).

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Being jaded Americans, our kids knew nothing of the history of this area, nor an archeological site like this - apart from some Disney-esque replica. The drive that approaches Les Baux alone is filled with opportunities to learn. The uber-quaint streets and buildings of the small walled city speak volumes to years of cultural fortitude, but the Chateau itself is... More 

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Almunecar, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Les Baux is a special place, but truth to tell it is not as special now as it was 30 years ago. Tourism has overwhelmed the site itself. I was there first in 1984 and visited several times since. My most recent visit, 2014 was only a disapointment because I remembered it when . . . Nevertheless, it is a... More 

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Farmington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Here you will find more spectacular vistas, history and the feeling of what it took to carve out and complete this vast building complex. The walk along the cliff edges provides wonderful views and you can even watch the weather rolling in across the Vallon d'Entreconque. In June, lavender bloomed everywhere and the verdant fields below were beautiful. I truly... More 

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tampa, fl
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I thought Le Baux was just ok overall, the castle was super expensive to tour up top. The walled little city was quaint with lots of little shops and old architecture. The church was one of my favorite spots and the little square in front of it offered good views of provence. I would probably not visit here again but... More 

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Oyster Bay, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Even though the "Mistral" winds descended upon our group, which made the day quite chilly this is a must visit location when in Provence! Definitely get the audio guide when you are touring the remaining fortresses! The village and quaint shops are a delight. Make sure you go to the church and see the sheep!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is a great old historic castle overlooking the town and the surrounding countryside. Lovely views below in several directions, rock outcroppings and trees, winding castle streets and interesting history, with various shops and cafes along the way. Very atmospheric. Some of it you can explore for free but the very top and the exhibits require a modest admission fee.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

A definite place to visit while in provence. It may seem touristy but it is very surreal and brings you back in history. The views are great and the feeling is magnificent when you are there. Lots of interesting little shops as well which are worth looking at, tasting the sweets and biscuits. I believe most of the snacks there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Although mostly destroyed they do a great job of showing the important sections of the old castle as well as the weaponry used. You can come up the ramparts and down into the rooms. Well worth a visit, just be sure to bring change to pay the parking meter and water as it gets hot and there is little shade.

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