The uprising of the Cascavèu
Aix, in 1630, is unrecognizable: the return of the plague, misery everywhere and this edict of Richelieu which sets Provence ablaze. Insurgents, the Cascavèu, named after the bells they hang on their coats, rush towards the castle of La Barben. Can you hear the sinister ringing that petrifies the nobles and sets the castle of La Barben on fire?
In 1630, as the plague ravaged Aix-en-Provence, Richelieu, King Louis XIII’s minister, wanted to centralise tax collection in Paris. This was enough to arouse the anger of the people of Aix. Throughout Provence, revolts broke out. Palaces, monuments and gardens were ransacked. Harnessed with bells, the opponents of Richelieu and the Forbin family reached the foot of the castle of La Barben. While the forest of the domain is ablaze, the insurgents rush to attack the medieval fortress…
🎭 Immersive walkthrough
⏳ Duration : 20 minutes
☀ Show by day
🚫 Not accessible to people with reduced mobility (a dedicated area at the foot of the castle allows you to discover this show using virtual reality technology).
This show may impress children under 5 years of age
In the galleries and towers of La Barben castle, take part in the Cascavéu revolt. Rocher Mistral offers you a spectacular immersive experience. Go back to the 17th century and discover the most terrible episode in the history of this medieval castle. A unique visit to the heart of history and Provence.
From the great halls of the medieval castle of La Barben to the underground passages nestled in the rock of the fortress, experience a castle visit like no other. Plunge into the 17th century and discover a historic monument whose architecture bears the imprint of the centuries right up to the present day.