Barbentane

Fête et feux de la Saint-Jean à Barbentane

Fête et feux de la Saint-Jean à Barbentane

Office de Tourisme de Barbentane

… Heritage & Tradition

The rich history of Barbentane has shaped the heritage of this village, which is firmly rooted in its traditions. This history contributes as much to its charm as its authenticity and the beauty of its natural heritage.

In Barbentane, the people are passionate about their traditions and share them in a festival atmosphere. The village has retained all its fervour and authenticity thanks to emotionally-charged events. Barbentane enthusiastically cultivates its sun-drenched art de vivre. Located at the confluent of the Rhône and the Durance, the Ligurian village of Bellinto moved from the plain and became Barbentane in order to withstand invasions by the Celts, Romans, Barbarians and Saracens.

Famous people such as Pope Urban V, Francis I, Richelieu and Louis XVI have stayed there over the centuries. The village still contains the wonderful traces of this prestigious past, such as the Anglica Tower and the Séquier Gate (14th), the church and its Romanesque porch, the Knights' House with its Renaissance loggia, the Calendale Gate and the Hôtel des Barons de Chabert, which is now the Town Hall. The Château des Marquis de Barbentane (17th) is a real jewel and was classified as a Historic Monument many years ago. It is known as the 'Little Trianon of the Sun' and 'the most Italian of the châteaux of Provence' and you can admire the sumptuous décor of its reception rooms, its rich period furniture, its Italian-style terraces and its park planted with three hundred-year old plane trees.

After visiting La Montagnette and enjoying the typically Mediterranean landscapes and aromas, you can stroll through the fertile plains of fruit fields, between 'roubines' and cypress bushes. A beautiful village, bountiful nature, lively traditions... the charms of Barbentane are many. They are those of Provence.

Events: various bull-related events and the courses camarguaises (March to end of August); the Festival of Saint-Joseph (March); Horse Festival (May); the Fire of Saint Jean and the Carreto Ramado (23-24 June); the local festival (last weekend in August); Saint-Luc (October); the Pastrage Ceremony (during Midnight Mass on 24 December) and the 'Pastorale' (26 December).

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Démonstration de catapulte - Château des Baux De Provence

Towers and keeps day trip in Provence !

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This journey amongst towers and keeps transports you from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, with a combination of educational walks and spectacular demonstrations. It takes you from one end of PROVENCE PAYS d’ARLES to the other, via La Montagnette, the Alpilles and Camargue.
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  • hôtel de ville de Barbentane

    Hôtel de Ville de Barbentane - Heritage

    Other heritage - Miscellaneous heritage
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    The façade of the old Hôtel de Chabert, built in 1600, features a statue of the Virgin surmounted by a wrought iron belfry. It has been the town hall since 1888. The vaulted basement rooms host exhibitions all year round. Site open during Heritage Days. It is a 17th century monument called the Hôtel des Barons de Chabert. It has been the town hall since 1888. It has a clock and a 250 kilo bell which can be heard throughout the surrounding countryside.

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  • La porte Calendrale à Barbentane

    Porte Calendrale - Heritage

    Built heritage - Gate
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    The recently restored Porte Calendrale commanded the northern entrance to Barbentane. There is a wonderful view of this gate from the end of the Grand'Rue. All that remains of the 11th century ramparts is a defensive tower which was transformed into a prison and used until 1826.

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  • Moulin de Bretoule - Heritage

    Built heritage - Mill
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    This mill was built just before the French Revolution and operated until 1845. It is located not far from the Anglica Tower, enshrined among the pine trees. Private property.

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  • Château d'en Haut Barbentane - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Chateau
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    This château, some of whose wall surfaces date from the 15th century, is located in a 4-hectare wooded park in the heart of the village of Barbentane. The château estate consists of a park, a private chapel in the woods (closed to the public) and the Anglica Tower (14th century), a listed and remarkably well-conserved structure.

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  • Eglise Notre Dame de Grâce - Heritage

    Religious buildings - Church
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    This semi-circular 12th century Romanesque church in the heart of the town was gradually extended during the 14th, 15th, 16th and 19th centuries. It has a porch in the form of a fireplace, which is listed as a national Historic Monument, as is its bell tower.

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  • La tour Anglica à Barbentane

    Tour Anglica - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Tower - Belfry - Bell-tower
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    The Anglica Tower was built at the northern edge of La Montagnette and overlooks the town. It was constructed in 1365 by Cardinal Grimoard, brother of Pope Urban V, and is 28 m high and 10 m wide. It remains a great testimony to the mediaeval period; it was restored in the 18th century. The Anglica Tower, with its turrets, was sung about by Mistral in Les Iscles d'Or. To its left, the 15th century Porte du Séquier marked the boundary of the village. The Tower was listed as a national Historic Monument in 1925. Site closed to the public.

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  • La maison des chevaliers à Barbentane

    Maison des Chevaliers - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Stately home
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    This old 12th century seigniorial house was extended in the 16th century. It is listed as a national Historic Monument, like Notre Dame de Grace Church. Private property. The façade has been completely restored and the inside transformed into private apartments.

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