Château de Saint-Maime
Location: Saint-Maime, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence departement of France (Provence-Alpes-Cote-d-Azur Region).
Built: 12th-13th century.
Condition: In good condition.
Ownership / Access: Owned by the municipality.
ISMH Reference Number: PA04000013.
Notes: Château de Saint-Maime is located in the territory of the French town of Saint-Maime, in the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. The castle of Saint-Maime was residence of the counts of Forcalquier, the last Count of Provence, Raymond Berenger V of Provence, who died in 1245. The castle is listed as historical monuments by order of 4 March 1998 with the St. Agatha Chapel. The site offers an excellent view over the plain of Mane and on the confluence of the Laye and Largue. The chapel and castle are located opposite the village of Dauphin, overlooking Saint-Maime. The castle is surrounded by walls of sections along the ditch, still existing, it included a dungeon tower, built in limestone unit on an octagonal plan and a height of 7.50 meters, and on the south side, a chapel, the chapel of St. Agatha, a rectangular building, arched barrel vault with flat bed and slate roof. Originally, the entrance is not the west facade and in 1745, was a breakthrough arched doorway in the south wall, the date 1745 is engraved there. Murals, the fourteenth century, decorate the choir, under the arcades of lobed three walls are the apostles feet. Today, there are still some remains of the castle of the counts of Forcalquier at the top of the village, the octagonal tower, and the chapel Sainte-Agathe.
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