Festival of Early Music
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The Festival takes place in the oldest circular keep in Provence, defending since the 11th century the medieval castle of Simiane-la-Rotonde.  The Romanesque room on the first floor with his high cupola and twelve arches is the only one of his kind and was built to demonstrate the power and refinement of the Agoult-Simiane family. These important patrons of Troubadour traditions were welcoming musicians and poets in their imposing reception room which is endowed with perfect acoustic conditions. Still it keeps being a quite intimate place for concerts and today is perfectly adapted for small instrumental and vocal ensembles. This is one reason why the Festival “Les Riches Heures” is mainly devoted to Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music.

Since 37 years the Festival invites national and international ensembles issued from the most prestigious music conservatories, and promotes musicians and singers graduated from local or regional music schools, like Aix-en-Provence, Nice or Lyon.



Hight speed train (TGV ) Stations in Avignon Station or Aix en provence, Public bus service to Apt, Taxi service to Simiane-la-Rotonde

Nearest Airport Marseille Marignane airport or Avignon Airport ( public bus service between airport and Apt )


Reservation: see ‘Programme’



Standard : 30 €
members: 22 €
students: 10 €


Festival of Simiane-la-Rotonde

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