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Simiane-la-Rotonde perched village in Haute Provence

Simiane-la-Rotonde is a perched village classified as a "village of character" on an advanced promontory of the Albion plateau above a plain planted with lavender fields. It is a magnificent example of a Provençal perched village.

The Rotonde crowns the village, it is the keep of a feudal castle of the Simiane-Agoult family. He forbids access to the village. Its exterior appearance is austere, but its interior ceiling is formed by a superb finely ribbed dome from the late 12th century. The Rotunda can be visited, the history of the castle is presented in a room, as well as the Sainte-Victoire aromatherapy laboratory, with a temporary exhibition. Like in the days of the troubadours, the Rotunda also hosts a festival: the rich musical hours of Simiane-la-Rotonde.

Simiane-la-Rotonde village perché et champd de lavandes © VF Rue du village de Simiane-la-Rotonde © VF Rue du village de Simiane-la-Rotonde © VF Vue de l'église du village de Simiane-la-Rotonde © VF

The upper part of the village includes beautiful houses from the 16th to the 18th century. The church of Sainte Victoire dates from the 16th century. Simiane-la-Rotonde experienced a period of prosperity thanks to the activity of Verrerie. Many workshops exported their production throughout Provence. The covered marketplaces, from which one can admire a superb panoramic view of the plain below and the peaks of the Luberon, were immortalized by a famous photographer Henri-Cartier Bresson in 1971.

Maison du village de Simiane-la-Rotonde © VFHalles couvertes de Simiane-la-Rotonde © VFMaison du village de Simiane-la-Rotonde © VF Rue du village à Simiane-la-Rotonde © VF

Simiane la Rotonde, like many villages in the region, suffered from the rural exodus. The houses are now being restored with the installation of a new population. Around Simiane are fields of fine lavender that are cultivated between 800 and 1200 meters above sea level.

Rue du village à Simiane-la-Rotonde © VF La Rotonde de Simiane © VF

Information and 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 :

Coming to Simiane-la-Rotonde

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

GPS coordinates : N 43°58'52'' - E 5°33'45''

location : altitude 650 meters above see level, 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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