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Castle of the Comtes de Toulouse

Monument in Vaison-la-Romaine

Castle of the Comtes de Toulouse - Monument in Vaison-la-Romaine

At the heart of the Upper Town...

The upper town is organized around the castle, built in 1195 by Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse. He wanted to assert its authority against the bishop who had established himself in medieval lord (Valley). One enters the village through a fortified gate of the fourteenth century, that dominates the Belfry tower. At that time, the guard room established in the tower, was operating the drawbridge, the great gate and the portcullis which protected the entrance as can still guess nowadays. The city well protected behind its ramparts was staged on 3 hectares in an irregular grid of narrow streets with buildings built largely with materials of redeployments from ancient and medieval buildings of the valley. Overall, the main streets were built against the slope to facilitate the movement and establishment of noble and bourgeois houses. These streets that connect to the West, the Old Market Square and east, instead of the church, are treated calades (name from the stone wedged against each other to form the walking surface) and are bordered by some very beautiful mansions. Street Bishopric, we can report the Fabre hotel in Saint-Veran that houses the inn Belfry. It has two doorways of the sixteenth century perfectly preserved. Further, the chapel of the brotherhood of the penitents adjoins the town house of the family of Taulignan and those of de Montfort. Continuing, the walker passes the former bishop's palace, built in the late sixteenth century. Place de l'Orme, we'll see the House of the Prevost of the Chapter and the facade of St. Constance chapel. Finally facing the church, located at the eastern end of the rocky hill stands the remains of neat Blégiers. The cathedral church started in the second half of the fifteenth century has been transformed many times for its expansion and beautification to the son of architectural styles.

Pending its restoration, the building is closed to the public but will focus forward on the stone facade of the Jesuit style size on the unusual roof of the bell tower and its medieval settings for reuse. A few steps away, the plot overlooking the Ouvèze valley. A splendid panorama offered to the visitor. It dominates the area of ​​the Roman bridge and the river, and you can enjoy a view of Mont Ventoux.


Medieval Castle
Medieval Castle
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The Upper City
The Upper City
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Fountain City High
Fountain City High
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Chapel Notre-Dame de NazarethEntrechaux (3.8 mi)
Wayside Cross of MalaucèneMalaucène (5.3 mi)


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Tuesday 18 december
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Wednesday 19 december
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