A castle in Provence

Sunday, April 17, 2016
  • PROVENCE EXPLORER
  • PROVENCE EXPLORER
  • PROVENCE EXPLORER
  • PROVENCE EXPLORER
  • PROVENCE EXPLORER

One of many, the Château de la Barben, is our darling castle in Provence. Set amidst pine trees half way between Aix-en-Provence and Salon-de-Provence, this remarkable XIth century old fortress built on a massive rock seems to keep inside many stories and legends. How many intrigues happened behind the thick walls? Bonaparte’s sister, Pauline Borghèse, had a tumultuous affair with Auguste de Forbin. Jean II de Forbin worked from there to the reunification of Provence to the French crown in 1482…
Its well preserved silhouette is nowadays the setting for many films and activities (especially during Halloween and summer time). Its beautiful gardens designed by Le Nôtre (who also created Versailles gardens) are told to be the most beautiful gardens in Provence. Why don’t you come and wonder by the streams, in the shade of tall trees to verify the saying?
Famous Aix-en-Provence based painter Marius Granet stayed at the castle and named it one of the oldest and most picturesque castles in Provence. In 1984, the Château de la Barben has been classified as a Historic monument in France by the Minister of Culture. Make sure to pay the castle a visit when travelling to Provence.