Les Médiévales des Baux

From April 06, 2013 to September 30, 2013
  • © Atout France/R−Cast

    © Atout France/R−Cast

Les Médiévales des Baux 13520 Les-Baux-De-Provence fr

Crossbow shooting

From 10am to 6pm

Unique in Europe! At the foot of the Château walls, in the dry moat, visitors are invited to test their dexterity with crossbow shooting. Supervised by qualified staff, they can put themselves in the shoes of an archer in the Middle Ages. Inside a shooting gallery that recreates the conditions of archers in the Middle Ages (shooting through a loophole or from a turret), visitors have to hit a target 30 metres away!
The crossbows used are exact replicas of those from the period: compound crossbows from the 15th century, English crossbows from the 14th century, English compound crossbows from the 14th century, arbalests from the 13th and 15th centuries and two tower ballistas from the 13th century.

Crossbows adapted to size are available for children over 5.

Catapult shooting

At 11am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 7:30pm + 6:30pm in July and August

The most spectacular event ever at the Château des Baux de Provence! Three real catapults - the trebuchet, the couillard and the bricole - are fired every day in front of fascinated visitors. When conquering fortified towns in the Middle Ages, the armies frequently used catapults. These machines made it possible to breach impregnable castle walls, but handling them required accuracy and strength. Today the Château des Baux de Provence is reviving the atmosphere of those sieges in the grand setting of the Baux citadel. The exceptional size of these machines means they can shoot more than 200 metres!

The medieval duel

At 12pm, 2:30pm and 5pm

Visitors can learn how to handle weapons and medieval combat techniques in this historical and entertaining show where a knight and the Lord of Baux de Provence battle against one another.

Admission fees and rates

Rates with activities (from April to September)

  • full rate: 9,5 €
  • reduced rate: 7,5 €

Rates without activities (from October to March)

  • full rate: 8 €
  • reduced rate: 6 €

Reduced rate for children from 7 to 17, students and teachers
Free for children under 7

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