||The ancient castle of Simiane left us the
rotonde, immense donjon chapel restored in 1875, one of the most beautifull
monument in this region. In the beginning it was a outside hexagon and
a regular dodecagon in the inside with a crypt beneath a magnificently
adorned floor. The inside shows a cupola with 12 cornices sculptured as
human masks. We notice the central lantern and the beautifull roman door
between the chapel and the buildings of the castle.
This surprising architecture would be the idea of a lord
of Simiane back from crusade. We would better see a similarity to the big
rotonde rooms using for kitchen in the ancient abbeys.
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