Salon de Provence : Capital of Crau
SALON-DE-PROVENCE : Capital of Crau.
The city is dominated by the impressive castle of l'Empéri, which is the largest medieval castle of Provence of the 12th and 13th century. Former residence of the archbishops of Arles, they received prestigious guests.
The museum now houses the world's finest collection of arms and uniforms from the time of Louis XIV to World War II.
Famous character are linked to Salon :
- Nostradamus, who lived there the last 20 years of his life and who died in a house today turned into a museum dedicated to the memory of this fascinating character.
You can see his grave in the collegiate Saint Laurent, magnificent example of Provencal Gothic.
- Adam de Craponne : an engineer and humanist consacrated his fortune and talent at the service of agricultural development of his region by building an irrigation canal that ensured the prosperity of a region deemed arid.
This allowed and still allows the production of Crau hay, the only livestock feed classified AOC, as it is exceptional.
This also ensured the development of sheep farming and olive growing.
In the wake of Marseille, oil mills and soap factories developed and two famous houses continue this tradition.
Elegant houses, the magnificent town hall and the clock tower of the seventeenth century, the amazing shape of the mossy fountain, make the visit of the city particularly pleasant and full of interesting surprises.