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Les Baux-de-Provence Town Guide

Les Baux-de-Provence

Les Baux-de-Provence is a small village which has a spectacular
position in the Alpilles mountains, set atop a rocky outcrop crowned with a ruined castle overlooking the plains to the south.  Its name refers to its site  - in Provençal, a baou is a rocky spur.  The village gives its name to the aluminium ore Bauxite which was first discovered there in 1821 by geologist Pierre Berthier.

Les Baux is now given over entirely to the tourist trade, relying on a reputation as one of the most picturesque villages in France.  Its population of 22 in the old village is a fraction of its peak population of over 4,000, and many of its buildings, in particular the castle, are picturesque ruins.
 

What to see in Les Baux

In the Château des Baux, demonstrations of huge catapults
(the biggest Trebuchet in Europe, a Couillard also called biffa and a Bricole) are given every day from April to September.
 

Cathedrale des Images

Cathedrale des Images
Val d'Enfer (3km from Les Baux to the west), Les Baux-de-Provence 13520
An impressive huge scale slide show where the theme changes annually
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)4 90 54 38 65

Musee d'Histoire des Baux
Next to the Citadel, Les Baux-de-Provence 13520
a lovely introduction to the fascinating history of Les Baux
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily

Fondation Louis Jou
Grand'Rue, Les Baux-de-Provence 13520
Contains Jou's engravings as well as engravings by Durer, Rembrandt and Goya
| Admission charge | Opening Times: By appointment | Tel: +33 (0)4 90 54 34 17

Eglise St-Martin
Bd Marceau, St-Remy-de-Provence 13210
This church is proud of its organ built in 1983 and said to be the finest organ ever made!
| Opening Times: Daily

St-Vincent
Place de l'Eglise, Les Baux-de-Provence 13520
A church that dates back to the 12th century with stained-glass windows by Max Ingrand
| Opening Times: Closed Tue & Jan-mid Feb

Musee Yves Brayer
Hotel des Porcelet, Place de L'Eglise, Les Baux-de-Provence 13520
A figurative painter who left his works to Les Baux when he died
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Closed Tue & Jan-mid Feb

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Les Baux-de-Provence Office de tourisme
Impasse du Château Les Baux-de-Provence
13520

Tel:+33 (0)4 90 54 34 39
Fax:+33 (0)4 90 54 51 15


 

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