Location: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, in the Bouches-du-Rhône departement of France (Provence-Alpes-Cote-d-Azur Region).
Built: 18th century.
Condition: In good condition.
Ownership / Access: Owned by the department.
ISMH Reference Number: PA00081454.
Notes: Château d'Avignon is a monument that belongs to the county council of Bouches-du-Rhône. The castle dates from the late nineteenth century.In the 1880s, Louis Noilly Prat (1845-1932), son of Claudius Prat and Anne-Rosine Noilly, built himself a magnificent Neo-Renaissance castle in the vineyards planted in the sand of Camargue in the locality " Montcalm "in Vauvert. This vast cellars included buildings for the many staff, school for their children, Roman-Byzantine chapel, etc. In the process, he acquired in 1893 the castle of Avignon (Saintes Maries of the Sea), on the other side of the Petit Rhône, it is fully redevelop. The vineyard of Château d'Avignon, the Mas de Cure was one of the largest areas of the Rhone delta. This exploitation in the nineteenth century, covering a third of the Grande Camargue. She employed in the year of agricultural workers of dozens of families from Gard, Lozere, Aveyron, Italy or Spain. Its current 287 hectares were acquired by the Coastal Conservancy in 1985. The whole area has been classified as historical monuments May 21, 2003.
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