Château d'Ansouis, by Frédérique Rousset-Rouvière

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The Château d’Ansouis is a remarkable historical site in Provence, France, known for its blend of architectural styles and rich history. Initially founded in the 10th century, the château underwent significant modifications and additions during the Middle Ages, transforming it from a fortress into a more elegant residence towards the end of the religious wars. This transition resulted in a fascinating combination of medieval and Renaissance architectural elements.

The medieval section of the château includes a donjon (keep) surrounded by various constructions. It features a porch entrance, an honor staircase, the well room, a prison, kitchen, armory, and a chapel. These elements showcase the château’s original defensive purposes.

In contrast, the Renaissance part of the château, known as the “logis seigneurial,” comprises apartments, salons, and grand dining rooms, reflecting a shift towards more refined living spaces and aesthetic considerations.

Additionally, the château is surrounded by French-style gardens installed on the terraces of the old fortress. These gardens, including the prominent 227 square meters “jardin de la duchesse” (Duchess’s garden), add to the château’s charm and historical significance.

While the Château d’Ansouis is a testament to the region’s rich history, blending medieval fortifications with Renaissance elegance, it’s also a living piece of history, continually evolving over the centuries.