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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). Make Chateau des Baux de Provence a part of your Les Baux de Provence vacation plans using our Les Baux de Provence itinerary planner.
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  • I visited with my family on a VERY hot July day. The village was really pretty with lots of nice restaurants and shops to walk round. We walked up to the Chateau which was HOT but there were great.....  more
    I visited with my family on a VERY hot July day. The village was really pretty with lots of nice restaurants and shops to walk round. We walked up to the Chateau which was HOT but there were great.....  more »
  • Great village and great castle!! this is nice little stop by Saint Remy. It can be treacherous if you have mobility issues …but we enjoyed exploring this castle with all the history and medioeval... 
    Great village and great castle!! this is nice little stop by Saint Remy. It can be treacherous if you have mobility issues …but we enjoyed exploring this castle with all the history and medioeval...  more »
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  • Amazing views and the place is impressive! The castle has a lot of attractions like bows and arrows, stone sculpting and so many others. It has nice little shops and restaurants. It is totally worth the visit. If you are with young kids or older people it could be hard for them to walk at some parts but they can sit down and enjoy beautiful views
  • A must visit for people interested in medieval castles. There’s a video (subtitled in English) playing inside the castle about the region’s (and castle’s) past, which is very informative. Entry to the castle is 8 EUR for adults at the time of writing. The town itself is also very worthwhile: calm and authentic with beautiful sightseeing-spots all over.

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