Bourg les Beaumettes castral, French Heritage monument to Belgentier

* altitude: 240 m
* area: 2000 m2. At the foot of the steep, fragments of rubble or barely squared walls emerge from the scree, mostly parallel to the cliff, perpendicular one. In places, on benches between the steep and the edge of the plateau, remains of small buildings. In 1066, Peire Saliba, of the family of the Viscounts of Marseille, gave to the Abbey of Saint-Victor Belgentier share with the 'castelli vel town dudum vocata Balmetas' territory. Absent from the list of castra of the diocese established between 1232 and 1244, the castrum of les Beaumettes seems to have been deserted before this time or shortly after. There is more marked subsequently. The Cassini map named this place 'Balms Veire', i.e. the old balms. The early abandonment of the site of les Beaumettes was perhaps caused by the fragility of the cliff, which seems constantly plagued by erosion. This, combined with the recovery of the materials for the nearby village of Belgentier or for the construction of the terraces of culture, could eliminate a major part of the structures built, imagine housed under Rocky entablatures.

Source: Ministry of Culture, France

Bourg les Beaumettes castral

Reported to be remarkable heritage of quality.

Structural information

Bourg les Beaumettes castral, Cliff; altitude: 240 m; area: 2000 m2. At the foot of the steep, fragments of rubble or barely squared walls emerge from the scree, mostly parallel to the (...) Bourg les Beaumettes castral, French Heritage monument to Belgentier belgentier, var

Location and general information

  • identifier : 134915
  • item : bourg castral des Beaumettes
  • Location of the building :
    • Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
    • Belgentier
  • Place name : Beaumettes (les)
  • INSEE code of the municipality : 83017
  • Zip code of the municipality : 83210
  • Order in the communal list : 3
  • Name of the building : The building is designated by the following 2 names :
    • town
    • bourg castral
  • State :
    • current state of the monument : remains

Dates and times

  • Period of construction :
    • The building dates mainly from the period : 11th century
  • Investigation : 2000
  • Date taken into account : 2007/10/30

Construction, architecture and style

  • Materials: 4 elements are used in the main structure of the building.
    • limestone
    • rubble
    • stone
    • dry stone
  • Roofing :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Materials (roofing) :
    • We do not have this information.
  • Other about the composition roofs :
    • No information on the coverage of the place.
  • Floors :
    • any information about this construction.
  • Stairs :
    • No stairs mentioned on this construction.
  • Decoration of the building :
    • No information about decoration.
  • Representation :
    • No information on the ornamentation of the place.
  • Typology :
    • The only information on the typology 'kind roque'
  • Plan :
    • We do not know the type of plan for this building.

Monument and history of the place

  • Elements protected MH (historical monument) :
    • Any particular element of the building is subject to protection in our database.
  • Constituent areas : 3 distinct parts in the constitution of this place :
    • castle
    • castle
    • strong
  • Parties constituantes étudiées :
    • no information.
  • Use :
    • We do not know the different uses that have been made of this construction.


  • Other : 2 various other information are available
    • region provence-alpes-Côte d'Azur
    • private property (?)
  • Author of the survey MH : Sauze Elisabeth
  • Mérimée reference : IA83001211

The complete official record is available at Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur - Direction Culture et Patrimoine - Service de l'Inventaire général du patrimoine culturelGrand Horizon, 11-13 boulevard de Dunkerque, 13002 Marseille - 04 88 10 76 66

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