The castle of Gordes rebuilt in 1525, already existed in 1031. Well preserved and carefully restored, it links the architecture of the troubled Middle Ages with the new art of living of the Renaissance.
The imposing building is powerfully defended by large round towers whose crown of machicollis supports a terrace for artillery, the high walls have three floors of “renaissance” windows, one can also notice some openings one the walls, towers and scalds used for defence.
The south façade of the castle is facing the sun and the old part of Gordes; behind it the fountain, a vaulted door pierced into the wall leads to an inner courtyard with monumental staircase.
Various temporary exhibitions are to be seen in the castle:
On the exhibition hall with an amazing Renaissance the fireplace, one will find a short history of Gordes,
exhibition of pieces from artists who lived in Gordes such as Marc Chagall, André Lhote, Jean Deyrolle.
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