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Simiane-la-Rotonde

Simiane-la-Rotonde, village in Haute Provence

Simiane la Rotonde is a hilltop village classified as "city of character" on a promontory of the Albion plateau above a sunken plain planted with lavender fields. This is a magnificent example of Provençal hilltop village.

La Rotonde crowns the village, the dungeon of a castle of Simiane-Agoult family. He defends access to the village. Its appearance is austere from the outside, but his ceiling is formed inside a beautiful ribbed dome of the late 12th century, finely made​​. La Rotonde is open to visitors, the castle's history is presented in a room, as well as the laboratory of aromatherapy Sainte-Victoire and a temporary exhibition. Reviving the time of the troubadours, La Rotonde also hosts a festival: the rich musical hours of Simiane-la-Rotonde, which celebrates its 28th edition in 2011.

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The upper part of the village has beautiful house from the 16th to the 18th century. Simiane-la-Rotonde experienced a period of prosperity thanks to the activity of the glassware. Many workshops exported their production throughout Provence. Les Halles covered, where you can admire a panoramic view of the valley below and the mountains of Luberon immortalized in a famous photograph of the photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson in 1971. The church Sainte Victoire from the 16th century.

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Simiane la Rotonde suffered the rural exodus, as many villages in the area, but the houses are now restored with the installation of a new rural population. It produced Simiane of lavender that grows at the altitude between 800 and 1200 meters.

Coming to Simiane-la-Rotonde : location GPS N 43°58'52'' - E 5°33'45''

vue de Simiane la RotondeThe commune of Simiane-la-Rotonde is located in the department of Alpes de Haute Provence (04)

Accommodation in Simiane-la-Rotonde :

Selection of guest rooms set near Simiane-la-Rotonde on the portal of bed and breakfast in Provence

web of Simiane-la-Rotonde municipality : www.simiane-la-rotonde.fr

Monuments et activités :

    - Rotunda of the 12th century (to visit)
    - covered Halles 16th century
    - Church of Sainte-Victoire from the 16th century
    - Mansions and houses from the Renaissance to the 18th century
    - Museum of History, laboratory of aromatherapy
    - Floral Park at the Abbey of Valsaintes (outside the village)
    - Romanesque chapel Saint-Veran (outside the village)
    - International Early Music Festival in August: website
    - Votive Feast of the Sainte-Victoire the first weekend in May
    - Fire of Saint John
    - Medieval Festival the first weekend in July
    - The area surrounding Simiane is suitable for hiking, cycling and mountain biking

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location of Simiane-la-Rotonde : altitude 650 meters, 580 inhabitants, 10 km from Banon, 10 km from Oppedette, 21 km from Sault, 23 km from Apt, 33 km from Forcalquier,

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