Château des Baux

Les Baux-de-Provence, France

The Château des Baux is a fortified castle built during the 10th century, located in Les Baux-de-Provence. Although already inhabited in the Bronze Age, Les Baux-de-Provence did not really start growing until the medieval period. Built in the 10th century, the fortress and the small town it protects were ruled by the lords of Baux for five hundred years, in the thick of the ceaseless conflicts that ravaged Provence. It was also at Les Baux that the most famous minstrels and troubadours of the day sang songs of courtly love to the maidens of the House of Les Baux. In the 15th century, the lords of Baux were superseded by the barons of the Masons des Comtes de Provence. This was a golden age for the Château, before it came under the control of the kings of France.

From the 16th century on, family feuds and wars of religion brought on the decline of the town until the fortress was pulled down in 1633 on the orders of Louis XIII.



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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Frankish kingdoms (France)

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Kim Weissenborn (8 months ago)
We visited this adorable town of Baux in October. It was the perfect time, it was cool and sunny. In Baux there are cute tourist shops, art galleries and a good restaurant overlooking the valley that serves delicious bruschetta (keep to the right in the beginning of the climb and you can't miss it). The Chateau sits on the top of the village, so you need to be able to walk uphill on a rocky surface. I have bad knees, I could do it but it was a bit painful. My boyfriend who is like a goat, ran to the top and down and back up again. He would give this place a 10. It was his favorite village while visiting Provence. The views from the chateau are panoramic. You can see for miles the valleys below. I recommend wearing good shoes with some tread as you have to do a lot of walking uphill and on gravel to see everything. I particularly enjoyed the art galleries in this town. The artists were actually good. The art was not typical tourist scenes of Baux, but modern and well done. I wish I could have spent some more time there to paint plein air but we wanted to see all of Provence in two weeks. It wasn't a plein air painting trip. Perhaps next time.
Andrea (9 months ago)
The view from all sides is wonderful. Entrance to the walls is charged, but it is worth buying a ticket and studying a little history. You have almost the whole of Provence in the palm of your hand, the view of beautiful olive fields and vineyards is endless. The streets of the town are cute, small, with souvenir shops. The people who work there are cheerful and kind. A wonderful experience.
Itziar Azua (11 months ago)
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
Stijn Van Mulders (12 months ago)
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.
DaBoss Robert (13 months ago)
Amazing stunning little town sheltered behind castle walls. Was here a while back but just loved it. Hope to return.
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