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. Property of the Simiane-Agoult family, they built the “Rotonde” a great defensive tower which still exists today. More than 18 metres high, it was formerly surrounded by a wide dry defensive moat. 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.
Recent restorations enable visitors to visualise better the living area of this ancient family. A beautiful Romanesque room, once the main hall, houses a permanent exhibition detailing the history of the Castle.
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.
Adults : 4,50 €
Children aged 12-18 : 2,50€ (under 12 : free)
Students : 3,50 €
Groups of 15 people and more : 3,50 € per person
1st March to 30th April : 1.30 pm – 6.00 pm. (Closed on Tuesday)
1st May to 31th August : 10.30 am – 1 pm 2.00 pm – 7 pm. (Open daily)
1st September to 11th November : 1.30 pm – 6.00 pm. (Closed on Tuesday)