The Chapel of Sainte Anne de Goiron:
Just 10 minutes from the Abbey, the Chapel of Sainte Anne (11th century) overlooks the Durance Valley and the whole of the Luberon Mountain, facing the rising sun. It was built on an old pagan site close to a cave settlement, and bears witness to the fact that the Cistercians were not the first monks in La Roque d'Anthéron.
The chapel is of Roman architectural style and is surrounded by a rupestral cemetry. The domed recess of the chapel where the alter stands is located behind the central area of the church. Both side chapels were added during more recent periods as were the gothic vaults, and it's harmonious proportions render it considerably elegant. Further more, a monument perpetuates the memory of local resistants.
The Florans Castle (16th Century & Renaissance):
The Marquises of Florans were the last to have occupied this castle (now used as a dietary centre). Its park contains 365 Plane trees, majestic Sequoias and resounds with piano music every summer during the famous International Festival.’ This castle was built by Annibal de Forbin in 1598, a well known family of Provence, and it is thanks to Palamède, the most famous member of the Forbin family, that the Provence is French.
The castle features the phrase that Louis XI said to Palamède de Forbin, "You made me Count, I make you King." Before this, King René reigned over the kingdom of Provence, and his dying wish to attach the kingdom of Provence to the Monarchy of France was made to his counselor, Palamède de Forbin. One year later when his wish was realized by Palamède, Louis XI reigned over France and the newly attached Provence under the condition that he would be considered the Count of Provence, not king. In exchange, Palamède de Forbin was named "Vice-King" of Provence, hence the phrase found upon the castle.
The castle can not be visited, but on its Renaissance style facade one can read: " te domine sper avi non confundar in aeternum ".
Take a stroll in the village and its surroundings…
Discover the long Apié (bee wall), see the "Poilu", work of the sculptor Henri de Groux (whose work can also be seen in the Palace of Roure in Avignon), sip a drink under the Plane trees of the charming square of the old city hall…
Discover the old village, its alleys and its traditional Valdesian houses...
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