Medieval castle Simiane-la-Rotonde

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Medieval castle Simiane-la-Rotonde

Medieval castle Simiane-la-Rotonde
4.5
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, 1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 12:15 PM
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM
About
Visitors to the Castle of Simiane la Rotonde are taken back a thousand years into the history of a monument built on the site of a former Roman oppidum. Unique place in Provence, the great ceremonial chamber of the "Rotonde" with its magnificient ribbed cupola opening into an occulus with a sculpted wreath of flowers. The capitals of the pillars separating 12 arches round the wall are decorated with expressive stone masks from a symbolic medieval bestiary. Exhibitions of paintings, drawings or sculpture are regularly renewed each season. Every summer, in August, an early music festival is held in this beautiful room which once welcomed troubadours. The Sainte Victoire aromatherapy laboratory is situated in the South wing of the Castle. It offers an introduction to the benefits of aromatic essential oils. The Castle is now the property of the commune and has been listed as an Historic Monument since 2000.
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nonamama
Bedoin, France163 contributions
Impressive Medieval fortress above a delightful village
Aug 2020
Required visiting in Simiane-le-Rotonde. Spectacular Medieval architecture
atop a charming village overlooking the lavender fields of the Plains of Albion
below.
Could use a bit of a face-lift with respect to explanations and some English
would be nice.....but all in all not to be missed.
Written 28 August 2020
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SarahBee32
Woburn, UK73 contributions
So full of history and great views.
Sep 2018 • Couples
We visited the castle as part of the French history festival-they open up important monuments in September to celebrate their patriotism-it was free to enter and had a good buzz as there were a lot of other visitors. We spent about an hour wandering around The amazing monument and castle and then explored Simiane-la-Rotonde-so pretty! Although definitely not friendly for those with mobility concerns! Amazing views!
Written 1 October 2018
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Vladimir789
Slovakia266 contributions
Picturesque castle and medieval village
May 2018 • Friends
Beautiful medieval village on the hill with small alleys and a great number of picturesque views. The citadel is crowning the hill. Advantage for lazy tourists - you can easily get by a car to the very top.
Written 18 June 2018
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Richard M
Norwich, UK12 contributions
Not to be missed
Sep 2017 • Couples
What a gem. Nothing much on the outside but inside was superb. Very nice helpful desk clerk and good value at 4.5 euros. We spent about two hours here on a rainy day and we love Simiaine village too. A hidden gem.
Written 9 September 2017
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Anna A
Amsterdam, The Netherlands29 contributions
Beautiful castle with great summer Old music Festival in August
Aug 2017 • Business
If you like old music - visit this beautiful castle in August for the wonderful festival! Great musicians in a authentic atmosphere
Written 10 August 2017
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Thank you for your comment. We were delighted to welcome you to our beautiful village and glad to know that you enjoyed our festival of early music. Looking forward to welcoming you again!
Written 12 August 2017
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Daleb0422
Ajax, Canada393 contributions
Interesting
May 2017 • Couples
This castle is now partially restored, although not all areas are accessible to the public. Displays help you understand the history.
Written 13 May 2017
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JJBuirski
Cape Town, South Africa230 contributions
Another historical architectural gem, in a region full of them.
Jul 2016 • Family
We were hugely impressed with the historical architectural heritage of the region, and visiting the Rotonde was another delight among many. From outside you don't really know what to expect, but once you go inside the wow factor made you forgot about the camera for a while. As a bonus the village is right among lavender fields.
Written 28 August 2016
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Thank you for your comment. We delighted that your stay in our region and your visit to Simiane-la-Rotonde has left good memories . We have the opportunity in fact to have a rich historical and architectural heritage , including the Rotunda of the castle is one of the finest examples . Looking forward to welcoming you again in our beautiful village.
Written 29 August 2016
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Andrea E
London34 contributions
For the Mediaeval music concert
Aug 2016 • Friends
Beautiful building, sensitively reconstructed to make it safe to use. Has a small concert space perfect for 13century music. Also a shop selling perfumed oils and an artist's studio. Fabulous views.
Walking up and down through the cobbled village streets is pretty but only for the fit and able but there is a route for cars around and parking at the top.
Written 23 August 2016
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Thank you for your comment. Looking forward to welcoming you again in our beautiful village.
Written 29 August 2016
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CheshireDoc_12
Knutsford, UK81 contributions
A trip to the lavender fields
Jul 2016
The lavender fields of Provence have to be experienced if you are ever in this region during the summer. The aroma of lavender fills the air and this spot is a perfect place to relax and refresh. This is a beautiful old town with winding medieval streets.
Written 12 August 2016
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Thankyou very much for your comment. We are pleased that your visit to our village has left a beautiful memory . We would love to welcome you again in our beautiful village and its castle.
Written 14 August 2016
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erwine19
Bratislava, Slovakia16 contributions
Amazing Simiane la Rotonde
Jul 2016 • Family
beautiful ancient village surrounded by lavender fields- pure romantic and great place to visit! in the neighborhood is the famous Colorado Provence - breathtaking natural park.
Written 21 July 2016
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Thank you very much for your compliments . We are pleased that your visit has given you such good memories. Looking forward to welcoming you again in our beautiful village.
Written 27 July 2016
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