Chateau de l'Emperi, Salon-de-Provence

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Listed as a historical monument by the French Ministry of Culture, Chateau de l'Emperiis a magnificent castle that is built on a huge rock. This castle was built in the ninth century and was used by the Roman emperors as well as the Archbishops of Arles. Chateau de l'Emperi even served as a jail and a barrack during the French revolution. This great castle has survived earthquakes and even wars. Processions and re-enactments of Nostradamus are carried out in the entire town. With a beautiful fountain and Nostradamus, this castle is the centre of great attraction. Add Chateau de l'Emperi to your Salon-de-Provence travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Salon-de-Provence day trip planning site.
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  • According to Wikipedia, this castle was the biggest in Provence during the 12th and 13th centuries and it was the residence at one time of the bishops of Arles. There are a couple of... 
    According to Wikipedia, this castle was the biggest in Provence during the 12th and 13th centuries and it was the residence at one time of the bishops of Arles. There are a couple of...  more »
  • The castle looks quite impressive from the outside. But inside it's not so much about the castle, as about the military history of France. It houses an enormous collection of weaponry and military... 
    The castle looks quite impressive from the outside. But inside it's not so much about the castle, as about the military history of France. It houses an enormous collection of weaponry and military...  more »
  • There is military museum within the chateau - which we didn't visit - but you can also just walk up the stairs onto the ramparts for a beautiful view of the town. And, if you are lucky, as we were... 
    There is military museum within the chateau - which we didn't visit - but you can also just walk up the stairs onto the ramparts for a beautiful view of the town. And, if you are lucky, as we were...  more »
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  • Very interesting museum with an impressive collection of uniforms and militaria. Beautiful displayed. Confirms that as a high ranking officer, you have a much better chance of getting back home. Many officer’s uniforms in great shape displayed, few of regular soldiers.
  • A stop by to stretch the legs and have a nice walk around the old part to the castle. Cool place.
  • Nothing very special to see inside. However the concert series in summer are a treat!!
  • The "Château de l'Emperi", the oldest fortified castle in Provence, is a wonderful place. Its Renaissance courtyard, which houses many concerts, notably from the Conservatory of Music, is a little Renaissance jewel whose facades, in my opinion, need a little renovation. The place is peaceful and pleasant. The castle houses a museum with the Raoul and Jean Brunon collection, a collection belonging to the army museum. You will also see some objects that belonged to Napoleon (bed, gloves, etc). A place for heritage and culture lovers.
  • The most interesting military collection I have ever seen. Gathered with passion by two brothers, that made it their life goal and family heritage. Expositions are very well prepared, very vivid. Historical background is well described, for now in French only but I bet it would change soon. Worth all the 3 hours I spent there!

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