Why is this place so important ?
A symbol of Provence, it is the castle’s last remaining windmill. It is consistent with the traditional image of the region promoted, in particular, by Alphonse Daudet.
The windmills that belonged to the castle and the village community were built in the southern part of the commune that ends in a point, as the area was particularly well exposed to the wind. The only remaining windmill bears the date of 1652. It was built by the Maréchal de Vitry, after the demolition of all the other windmills that belonged to the village and the castle. It is reminiscent of the Fontvieille windmill, on the Route d’Arles, which inspired Alphonse Daudet to write his Lettres de mon moulin (Letters From my Windmill) when he was staying in the Château de Montauban in Fontvieille.
Did you know?
The bread oven and windmill belonged to the seigneur, or lord, and the peasant farmers, like the artisans, were obliged to pay a tax to grind grain and make bread. Their meals primarily consisted of vegetable soup in which the bread was dipped, stews, and cereal wafers.