Chateau de Lacoste, Lacoste

The Château de Lacoste or La Coste is a ruined castle in the commune of Lacoste in the Vaucluse département of France.LocationThe castle is sited on an extension of the northern flank of the Little Luberon on which the village stands. This position offers its occupants superb views over the valley of the Calavon, the Monts de Vaucluse, Mont Ventoux and the Alps, as well as the village of Bonnieux which can be seen on a neighbouring hill.HistoryThe castle's origins are in the 11th century, but it was largely modified in subsequent centuries.It was for many years the property of the Simiane family.Two hypotheses are suggested for the transfer of the castle from the Simianes to the Sades. In 1627, Diane Simiane married Jean-Baptiste de Sade, ancestor of the Marquis de Sade, who thus became owner of the estate. In 1716, Isabelle Simiane bequeathed the castle to her cousin Gaspard François de Sade, Lord of Saumane and Mazan. This latter hypothesis is the most probable. The Marquis de Sade stayed there from 1769 to 1772, between the scandals at Arcueil and Marseille, then after the latter and his flight to Italy, he took refuge there until his incarceration in the Château de Vincennes in 1777. Escaping while being transferred to Aix, he took refuge there for the last time from 16 July to 7 September 1778 before being returned to Vincennes.
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  • October 4, 2017
    The castle of Lacoste is a very nice place to visit, panoramic view, but the better is to visit this magic village of Lacoste and other place , near, Bonnieux, Roussillon, Ménerbes....  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    It is a village few tourists even during the high season. Summer arrives the first apt Apt bus 10 minutes after Bonnieux. Post Office square and go up the Hill just from the bus stop, and then becomes a narrow cobbled streets. Is recommended if you go early in the morning, others less so. And go up slowly savoring the taste, arrives at the castle in ruins. From here is excellent. There is a chance rain look mysterious scenery of clouds. After visiting the rest in post office square in front of the cinema Cafe restaurant. Is the Interior of Nice owners, such as actress.
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  • September 24, 2017
    We did not visit the inside but outside as well as the small picturesque village of LACOSTE, which is worth a visit... and that we have enough... the view is very nice, the 3 original sculptures at the level of the point of entry and we can we balloons in some accessible ruins easily...
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  • July 9, 2017
    The cost of entrance is 12 eur and is absolutely nothing to see there!!! We we're extremely dissatisfied - just a 3 rooms and some not very old furniture taken from the nearby srapyards. It seems that Pierre Cardin decided that he paid too much for the castle and now tries to compensate something by charging visitors a lot of money for nothing. The village is nice but the castle is better to be avoided.
  • June 28, 2017
    The village is nicer than the castel. Love the artwork from the entrance.
  • July 3, 2016
    Castle is too expensive. Town is interesting. Straight roads, beautiful houses. #medievalcity #theripper #travelinthepast
  • October 1, 2017
    In his pt village well loved by our English friends, Mister the Marquis de Sade stayed and Pierre Cardin acquired it for a few years. Beautiful panorama on the Ventou
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  • June 22, 2017
    Beautiful castle in a little town in Provence. Wear proper shoes because the country is all about UPS and downs with cobblestones very nice Overview
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