6 and 7 October

The life of builders in the Middle Ages


The Château des Baux de Provence is host to the 7th Festival of Stone and Heritage organised by the “L'Apier ou le Mur a des Oreilles” association. This event is unique to the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Visitors are invited to discover stone cutting and sculptural techniques from the Middle Ages. Throughout the weekend, numerous workshops and other activities pay tribute to the different jobs in stonework and heritage preservation.

Presentations at 11 a.m, 12 noon, 2 p.m, 3 p.m, 4 p.m and 5 p.m.

•Sculpture workshops: watch craftsmen cut stone to create sculptures and other architectural wonders using period tools and techniques. They are ready to answer your questions and those who are interested will be able to try their hand at stone-cutting.
•Life in a “medieval household”: discover daily life in a medieval household through various themed topics, such as body care and hygiene, ointments obtained from plant science, or try typical meals to find out more about medieval cuisine and food.
•Theatrical and educational reconstructions: The “Ouvriers de Saint-Peyre” troop specialises in historical reconstructions of stone-cutters’ work in the Middle Ages and will be working in the castle this year.  They perform theatrical and educational presentations which show what life was like on a building-site for those building cathedrals in the thirteenth century and introduce the tools and clothing of the period. Experience the daily life of stone-cutters and meet the master-builders, apprentices and sculptors who were involved in building the Priory of Saint-Peyre d’Entremonts in the heart of Duchy of Provence. Discover life from a woman's perspective and meet the wives and mothers of craftsmen who led a wandering life, moving from one building site to another.