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Les Baux-de-Provence: photo description (Les Baux-de-Provence)

Le-Bo (translated from the Provencal dialect "high rock") - another commune of Provence, which is included in the Association "Most beautiful villages of France". The village is surrounded by equally interesting neighbors, a few miles from it, for example, is located in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, birthplace of the famous predictor Nostradamus, or nearby, you can find the former convent of Saint-Paul-de-Musal, a former mental institution in which he lived and wrote of the paintings of Vincent van Gogh.

The village of Les Baux-de-Provence is located in Bouches-du-Rhone, Provence - Alpes - Cote d'azur. It stands on a high rocky range. The permanent population of about four hundred people, though at the best of times lived in the village ten times more people.

The first settlement on the site of Les Baux-de-Provence was founded by the ancient Celts. But the present village grew near the castle, built in the tenth century members of the family of Les Baux - influential and believed that they are descended from one of the kings who came to give homage to the newborn baby Jesus. The dominion of Les Baux owned 79 villages in the district.

During the uprising of Huguenots in 1623, the castle became the stronghold of the Protestants, and because cardinal Richelieu ordered him to destroy. Today the once powerful castle of Les Baux is in ruins, and is also a Museum of ancient siege weapons under the open sky, which presented them operating full-scale copies and performances a La the middle Ages.

In the village itself there are several attractions, including a couple of museums: traditional Provencal figurines of saints, santons" and the Museum of the artist Yves brayer. The first is located in a building that was part of the fortifications of the city and at different times were used for different purposes - as home guards, the mayor, the school and even the court. The second is in mansion of the XVI century. Interest in religious architecture of the village can enjoy the examination of three local churches - St Andrew, Notre-Dame-du-château, St. Vincent, and the chapel of St. Catherine.