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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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  • We visited this site, home of the famous (or infamous) Marquis De Sade. It provides a fantastic view of the region below. The modern statues surrounding the building were very interesting. We could no...  more »
  • The day we were passing through this castle was closed, but we walked down to the village of Lacoste, and it was a very beautiful site, If passing through stop by.  more »
  • Visited on a Friday afternoon but here was no access to anything.The climb up through the village was charming and the views were lovely.Would have been nice to have been able to access the interior o...  more »
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  • Castle is too expensive. Town is interesting. Straight roads, beautiful houses. #medievalcity #theripper #travelinthepast
  • Not much to see. You will tour in 15 minutes because there are private parts that do not visit. So the entrance is expensive (6 euros!) The priority current "restored" by putting concrete everywhere: too bad for this old building that deserved better...
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  • Very pretty village in stone but deserted by its inhabitants one restaurant with a great view.
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  • Tourist € 6 entrance: no guided tour of proposed and 20 minutes to visit. I highly recommend
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