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Medieval castle Simiane-la-Rotonde

quartier Haut Village, 04150 Simiane-la-Rotonde, France
+33 4 92 73 11 34
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What a gem. Nothing much on the outside but inside was superb. Very nice helpful desk clerk and... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
Richard M
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Norwich, United Kingdom
Beautiful castle with great summer Old music Festival in August

If you like old music - visit this beautiful castle in August for the wonderful festival! Great... read more

Reviewed 10 August 2017
Anna A
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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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quartier Haut Village, 04150 Simiane-la-Rotonde, France
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

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.

Thank Richard M
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

If you like old music - visit this beautiful castle in August for the wonderful festival! Great musicians in a authentic atmosphere

Thank Anna A
Chateau-Simiane, Responsable réception at Medieval castle Simiane-la-Rotonde, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

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!

Reviewed 13 May 2017

This castle is now partially restored, although not all areas are accessible to the public. Displays help you understand the history.

Thank Daleb0422
Reviewed 28 August 2016

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...More

Thank JJBuirski
Chateau-Simiane, Responsable réception at Medieval castle Simiane-la-Rotonde, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016

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...More

Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

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...More

Thank Andrea E
Chateau-Simiane, Responsable réception at Medieval castle Simiane-la-Rotonde, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2016

Thank you for your comment. Looking forward to welcoming you again in our beautiful village.

Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

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...More

Thank CheshireDoc_12
Chateau-Simiane, Responsable réception at Medieval castle Simiane-la-Rotonde, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2016

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.

Reviewed 21 July 2016

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.

Thank erwine19
Chateau-Simiane, Responsable réception at Medieval castle Simiane-la-Rotonde, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2016

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.

Reviewed 23 June 2016

At the top of the village of Simiane-la-Rotonde this old chateau has been turned into a museum and aroma therapy heaven! The large main round room has art exhibits. The views from up high are spectacular and on clear days you can see the snowed...More

Thank MsSoxtoyou
Chateau-Simiane, Responsable réception at Medieval castle Simiane-la-Rotonde, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2016

Thank you for your compliments. The castle , best known thanks to its beautiful Romanesque round hall of the twelfth century , indeed welcomes exhibitions but also the Sainte -Victoire laboratory , managed by the international group Young Living , who offers advice and essential...More

Reviewed 21 October 2015

Trogged up the hill in the pouring rain to see this. Turned out to be quite interesting and it was free (not sure if it always is). Some interesting exhibits on local archaeology/history and on Marie D'Agoult who married in to the aristocratic family who...More

Thank oldbutkeen
Reviewed 11 September 2015

I really enjoyed visiting this chateau and rotonde at the top of the Simiane la Rotunde village. Tip - Drive up to the top of the village instead of walking all the way to the top. There is parking space by the chateau. There was...More

Thank travelinjep
Chateau-Simiane, Responsable réception at Medieval castle Simiane-la-Rotonde, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2015

Thank you very much for your visit and your compliments . We are delighted that you keep such good memories of your time with us . We welcome you again with pleasure

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