Chateau des Baux de Provence, Les Baux de Provence

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#2 of 53 in Historic Sites in Bouches-du-Rhone
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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  • August 17, 2017
    Beautiful ruins well appointed with animations making the life of artisans in the middle age. For the children of the trebuchet or the Crossbow shooting activities. Show recreating the taking of the castle made by actors at the beginning of the season. The price of 10.50 euros entry and 8.50 for the child student over 7 years. Nice in the Sun, watch the days of mistral wind.
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  • August 16, 2017
    A beautiful site, the village is well preserved unlike the castle which has completely destroyed parts. The view of the castle on the plain is beautiful. The only problem is that the village was transformed in the factory to tourists and the price of the visit to the castle is a little expensive for families.
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  • August 16, 2017
    We visited the Castle after seeing the magnificent spectacle of the quarries of lumieres(à ne pas manquer) through the village and the climb to the Castle are very picturesque. the site of the castle is impressive
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  • August 24, 2017
    This is a must for anyone visiting Les-Baux. Your trip would be incomplete otherwise. You get an incredible view of the insurrounding area. Some of the towers are a bit difficult to climb but it was definitely worth the effort. I did myself no favours by wearing a dress and sandals. The audioguide gives all the background information one would want on the history and what life is like in Les Baux. I even got a chance to play with a cross bow - and hit the bulls eye so I left feeling rather happy. Overall the experience was worth the €10.5 entry price tag.
  • August 16, 2017
    A fantastic day trip! The chateau and the village will take a while to fully explore and it's worth every minute!
  • June 20, 2017
    Magnificent views (360°), interesting route through this historical city and castle, fantastic ateliers explaining life in this place in the past (eg. how medieval war machines have been working). And wind, strong, warm wind...
  • August 25, 2017
    Nice view,lots of tourist, village is beautiful. But not spectacular than gordes / leberon
  • July 18, 2017
    Beautiful, impressive and thoroughly interesting. The ticket to allow you to see the chateaux as well as Carriere des Lumieres is a must and great value.

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