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Discover the castle and its 800 years of history! 


Built in the 9th century on the Puech rock which dominates the immense Crau plain, in Salon-de-Provence, the Château de l'Empéri is a fortified castle which has been classified as a historical monument since 10 September 1956. 

The château de l’Empéri is the oldest castle of Provence still standing and one of the three largest (with the palace of the popes in Avignon and the castle of King René in Tarascon). 

Built as a barred spur in the 10th century, it is the symbol of the feudal authority of the Archbishops of Arles over the territory of Salon and its inhabitants. 


Museum of military history and art. 



Provincial annex of the Musée de l'Armée des Invalides in Paris, it offers  very faithful representations of the different army corps from the Ancien Régime, the Napoleonic wars to the Great War. 

Its collections include mythical pieces such as a pair of gloves worn by Napoleon I during the Egyptian Campaign and Abdel Kader's sabre.



A place of artistic, cultural and associative life 


Every summer, the Château de l'Empéri hosts numerous festivals and events, including The Summer at the Castle offering variety concerts, the Côté Cour Theatre, the Historical Film Festival, the Mezza Voce Lyric Art Festival, the Salon International Chamber Music Festival of Provence and the Renaissance Festivals.




More information on the website of  

the Tourist Office of Salon de Provence 

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