Chateau des Baux de Provence, Les Baux de Provence

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Chateau des Baux de Provence was built in the tenth century and ruled by the lords of Baux for 500 years, during great political conflicts. This site became famous for its minstrels and troubadours, who performed every day in the honor of the king. The kings of France finally conquered the castle in the 16th century, and King Louis XIII ordered its demolition. Today, the chateau houses three life-size replicas of war machines. Tourists can watch live, daily demonstrations of enormous catapults, including the biggest trebuchet in Europe. This machine could toss a 100 kg (220 lb) rock a distance of 180 m (200 yds). Plan to visit Chateau des Baux de Provence during your Les Baux de Provence vacation using our convenient Les Baux de Provence trip itinerary maker.
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  • very nice site; remarkable entry has 8e50 but the visit is worth it will be a shame to come to the leases and don't go up to the highest point to discover the region
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  • Incredible site. Ballad pleasant in the alleys of the cited small medieval Provencal. A guide to tourists certainly, but how not to understand this infatuation. It climbs up to the Castle, at the top of each tower, to discover an amazing 360 ° panorama. A pity however that the medieval activities offered at the Castle are really not at the height of the splendor of the site.
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  • Want to get away? Feel free to go to the leases of Provence. The moment of serenity that is assured. A wonderful setting, a place to be discovered.
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  • Powerful and amazing all in one. Wear closed toe shoes and plan to walk up and if you are planning to go to the top, plan for alot of steps. It is well worth the views!
  • It's a ruin, but the place is beautiful. Magnificent views, a nice village and live "medieval" entertainment. A bit touristy though.
  • This castle exceeded our expectations. It's the natural setting that made the place memorable.
  • Not worth the money/time. The location of the castle is impressive and the views too, but you get both just spending time in the village. Also, it was impossible to follow the audioguide as the signs were only there for a few numbers, the rest were completely missing. I felt like I would have enjoyed the time more staying at the village
  • Beautiful old town on top of scenic hill, great if you like a little history or shopping in quaint old village where you can feel the history