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Chateau de Lacoste, Lacoste

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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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  • Go your way. Pay €12 for not visiting it is a shame. The 'Castle', if you want to call it that has supposedly been rehabilitated by Pierre Cardin. It has especially stored a bric to brac of things which he wanted to get rid to furnish a few empty rooms still standing. Not only without any interest to visit, but also without any respect for tourists. I'll even dispense to a any photo, that would make too much honor to this place.
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  • Ancient castle of the Marquis de Sade opened for visitation with a theater where occasionally for concerts and performances. We wanted to see the stars at night, but the place is very well lit.
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  • How to steal €24 in 5 minutes... by visiting the castle of the marquis de Sade at Lacoste. I ask the entry if there is a guide, the girl says no, so I asked how much time hard the visit, she told me more or less a half hour... in reality, it n there's only 4 pieces to see... the hard visit royally 10 minutes. I found the girl has the entry and tells me nothing to do, she gives me the telephone number of the person in charge. L can't get online. The girl just tell me here then that before the entry was € 15... in any case for me... DO NOT VISIT UNLESS YOU WANT TO THROW €24 IN THE TRASH!
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  • 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.
  • The village is nicer than the castel. Love the artwork from the entrance.
  • Castle is too expensive. Town is interesting. Straight roads, beautiful houses. #medievalcity #theripper #travelinthepast
  • 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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  • An unusual atmosphere, that remembers the days of the Marquis. The original furniture, unfortunately, have not been preserved. However, the halls are filled with works of art, books.
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