The site has great strategic importance ; it controls access to the Calavon valley. Occupied since prehistoric times, it was an oppidum in the Roman period.
During the Middle Ages, the inhabitants left the plain and settled around the fortified town.
During the Second World War, the village of Gordes was an active resistance center against the occupiers. It was bombed on August 22, 1944 and a dozen houses were dynamited in reprisal for the death of a German soldier, killed by resistance fighters.
The existing castel dates from the 10th century, and was remodeled during the Renaissance. During the Wars of Religion, Gordes, solidly fortified, resisted the assault Baron des Adrets, cruel Huguenot chief who raged his destructive fury on the Abbey of Senanque.
This imposing castel dominates the village of Gordes. It dates from the 10th century and was remodeled during the Renaissance. You can visit it and the museum that it houses, the Pol Mara museum, contemporary Flemish painter and inhabitant of Gordes.
The terrible insecurity, because of the many invasions over the centuries, forced the people of the countryside to seek refuge on the heights. That was the origin of these hilltop villages. The strategic value of these fortified towns lasted through the Middle Ages and a part of the Renaissance, notably during the Wars of Religion.
Today, Gordes is one of the seven most beautiful villages in France in the department of the Vaucluse. Known around the worlk, the village deserves, because of its invulnerable air, the name of acropolis-town and is in a choice place amongst the sentinel towns of the Luberon region.
A magnificent property in the heart of the Luberon, the Chateau de Goult represents nine centuries of history. You will cross the ages: from the 12th century tower through the Guards Room of the 14th century to the Grand Staircase of the 17th century. The Chateau and the Loft of the Tower offer over 1000m2 steeped in history. Their 2 lounges and dining rooms, their 2 kitchens, 8 bedrooms including 2 suites and 7 bathrooms have found their natural environment in a more contemporary comfort, accommodating a maximum of twenty people. The castle is an exceptional setting, perfect for relaxing holidays or productive work. It is in the middle of the village of Goult with all necessities within walking distance and just a few kilometers from Gordes, Bonnieux, Lacoste, Roussillon... The TGV of Avignon is 40 minutes away and the international airp... Read more