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27 2012

The Château des Baux

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Going up the main street, the château came in sight. It was a highlight of sightseeing in Les Baux.

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The Entrance of the château

After coming out of the entrance building, the wide open space spread out before us.

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Visitors are offered a free audio-guide providing commentary on the history of the château and more specific information about the Lords of Baux in 10 languages including Japanese. We walked around while listening to the information.

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From 10th to 15th century, the château called a shelter in an impregnable had been occupied by “des Baux”, one of the major Provençal families that had many surrounding towns and villages under control. After the Baux era, it was destroyed during the Renaissance, so now we can see only parts of castle and defensive walls there.

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Many people lived inside the château, and the picture above shows the remains of their homes.

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Visitors could go up the remaining buildings and walls. We chose one and took the rough stairs, and our efforts were well rewarded!

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Prisoners were thrown off the terrace. Oh, Noooo….

It was a fortress that attacked many times, and three events that tell us how old-time soldiers fought a battle have been held from April to September. We saw two of them.

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Catapult Shooting

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The Medieval Duel

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The summer grass- It is all that's left of ancient warriors dreams.
by poet MATSUO Basho

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