The Château de La Tour d'Aigues, a masterpiece of the Renaissance

A masterpiece of the Renaissance in Provence, the Château de la Tour d'Aigues is located at the foot of the Luberon mountains. An archive document dated 1039 attests to the existence of an old castle in the heart of the village.

Burned in 1782 and then victim of the revolutionaries in 1792, the Château de La Tour d'Aigues offers today only ruined remains, some facades and the cellars - nearly 1000m2 rehabilitated. The facades remain beautiful despite the absence of a real castle. Its plans inspired by the greatest castles of Ile de France, the Louvre, Ecouen, Anet and the elegant proportions of its facades deserve to be seen.

In the restored rooms, the castle houses the Tour d'Aigues earthenware - partially preserved pavement from the French Renaissance, white or ornate earthenware from the factory of Baron Jean-Baptiste Jérôme de Bruny, owner of the castle in the Age of Enlightenment.

It was the property of great families, some of whose lords made a point of magnifying it: innovative architecture, creation of gardens, art collections, library, cabinets of curiosities...

Today, property of the Vaucluse department, managed by the Town Hall of La Tour d'Aigues since 2017, this castle is built in large part on the foundations of a medieval building, and was undoubtedly the most grandiose testimony of the private architecture of the Renaissance.

Paradoxically, this brilliant building, which had the honor of receiving Catherine de Medici in 1574, met a miserable fate, fire and attacks by revolutionaries...

However, one can imagine what its past splendor was by strolling through the courtyard thanks to a free mobile application...

Since June 1, 2017, in fact, The Château de La Tour d'Aigues offers a new visiting experience thanks to a mobile application that complements the didactic panels to help visit the courtyard. Free of charge, it is available in French on Android and iPhone.

From the triumphal gate to the massive dungeon, from the chapel to the terrace, this new application invites its users to enrich their visit with audio commentaries, photos (before and after) or archives retracing 500 years of intimate history of these places.

Geolocation and an interactive map allow users to locate themselves in the castle, to not miss anything and to have access to practical information.

The Château de La Tour d'Aigues was classified as a historical monument in 1893.

 

The Castle of La Tour d'Aigues

The Castle

84240 La Tour-d'Aigues

 

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