Chateau Boulbon, Monastery of Frigolet, Beauregard and an unknown location

 

The Smithy

Scenes: After Katrina's death (episode Rebirth) Matthew left his father. Tell had a hard time.

A woman, who's husband can't do the heavy work anymore, is offering him on a farm as a blacksmith. Below you see the exterior of this location.

    Below: the tree or transmission mast on the hill... Yes I know, It's almost invisible ;)                                                                                                                     

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Behind the house a clear road                                                                                                                                          

     

 

Location: Unknown

What do we already know about this location? We think this location is split into 2 different locations:

1 The interior:

It has thick walls, a huge fireplace like we see in a castle or fortified farmhouse. But there is more about this location: looking through the window you see other buildings and there is a village weapon with a lion on it, above the window. Perhaps the lion of Boulbon? Or the houses around Chapelle Bearegard, where the shot as well. So we think this interior is not in the farm itself..

 

2 The exterior part

seems deeper in the green hills of the Alpilles. It looks like a small wine farm on the edge of a small town. It seems hidden between large hills and has a vineyard around. A private driveway with cypresses and a field of grape bushes in front. In the back a road, hardly visible and perhaps on top of the huge hill a trasmission mast or just a very high tree ;) And on some spots the mud has a deep orange color.

 

The interior and the fireplace

                                                                                                       See the lion of iron (in between them)

      

The huge fireplace and in the window something needs to be covered by a camouflage net.

         

Below too photos from a promotional folder

     

 

A lot of pictures to show the whole room and it's recognizable spots.       

Down here the other side of the room. You can see a bended stairs and thick walls (see the window).   

      

The Smithy could be in a chateau or could be an ancient cellar, a castle fireplace, or an old bakery in a village around Boulbon. We think this farm below is not the smithy place, it could be a vacation villa or a vineyard farm nowadays. The producers of the wine had to adapt to the European norms not tolerating poor little ruined houses. Or maybe it's not a vineyard anymore and now a villa or a basic (vacation) home. Small chance it's still there. If somebody recognizes the place (Big chance it has changed in this 30 years) please email us.

Behind the woman there seems a road behind the house and in the zoomed- out version of this photo you see some houses left of it. Almost sure it lies between two high hills in the Alpilles mountains (or just in front of it). There is an enormous tree on the hilltop or a transmission mast... And important: it must be reachable by horse trailers.

                                                                                            A road in the back?

    

Scene: The jealous husband begins to see Tell as a threat and talks to the soldiers. He wants to get rid of Tell and a reward, he reveals Tell's location. Matthew comes back to warn his father and tries to convince Tell to leave this place. Gessler is on his way.

The unexpected visitor

Matthew reaches his dad and comes to apologize and to warn him. He brings Tell's Crossbow but he already made a stunning crossbow.

                      Matthew may keep Tell's bow                                                Tell has just made a new one!                               

     

The emplyer visits the soldier's camp

Here a shot of the husband..this place is already known. This is the place the soldier's camp is and the soldiers talking to Matthew about his father. Or this man just travels for one scenes or his farmhouse must be around Frigolet. We haven't found it yet. I guess the farm is on another location and the husband travels to the soldier's camp for a short scene.

The missing location                                                          The mountains around Frigolet

           

 

The surrounding

This scene is in front and in opposite of the farmhouse. We are still looking for this location.

Scene: Gessler gave the order to murder Tell's wife, now It´s time for Tell to strike. Gessler is surrounding Tell, but Tell seems combative.

    

Here an overview of the farmhouse

  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here it looks like a hilltop either

         

   The final scene of episode 24 Rebirth

Possibilities

There is already a short shot of Chapelle Bearegard. It could be that the interior is shot over here too. See the photo below. Or in an ancient house in Boulbon or Boulbon castle. This because of the Boulbon Lion sign above the window.

        

Until recently there was another missing location

(episode 24 Rebirth)

The camp, somewhere on an accessible point in the Alpilles, but found by C. Petit. more down this page                  This road is found too                             

          

 

Below we see the room of the princess

for Chartreuse Val du Benediction, click here

    

 

 

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Beauregard d'Orgon

'Bearegard'

Episode 24 'Rebirth' Two locations for the fire

Beauregard lies on a hilltop next to highway A7 (Marceille - Avignon). While taking the road you can see it clearly on the hilltop. Beautiful! It always catches my attention.

It's rocky around Beauregard, but I never have seen a shot they were actually up there. Fact is there is made a shot of this monastery without Tell and Matthew.

The walk to the chapel (see pictures below) is in front of the rocky pass of Boulbon and It is C. Petit found it. See one row below.

         

They're walking not next of Beauregard but next to Boulbon. This pass I was looking for is found by C. Petit

1986                                                        Bearegard                                             2014

   

The switch

Above the abbey of Beauregard and below Chartreuse Villeneuve lès Avignon, Porte Rouge Street

for Chartreuse lès Avignon click here

                                1986                                                                                                2014                        

    

  

Chapelle Beauregard                                    Villeneuve les Avignon                                   Villeneuve les Avignon                              Villeneuve les Avignon    

         

Katrina is killed by Gessler's men and they were trying to erase the tracks. The picture on the right with the fire is in Villeneuve les Avignon and called Porte rouge street, next to the Chartreuse well.

       

Frigolet with eglise St. Michel

Episode The Handmaiden 24

link:  As far as we know the interior of this abbey has not been a location.

     

At this spot: Horst asks Gessler for extra men because of the rough terrain Tell is hiding. Perhaps nice to know is this monastery has a beautiful old church: Saint Michel de Frigolet

Frigolet is only filmed for the exterior in the background and the paths around.

 

 Eglise Sainte Anne (in Boulbon town)

1986                                                                                         2017

    

      This one was not easy to find. I found it by coincidence while looking for the porch Loriol, Horst covered his tracks (you see it below). This little square was around the corner. The left building became a bibliotheque and it's pretty tightly plastered, modernization can't be stopped. I think the character has disappearedis out of the left building (2017). The doors are still the same.

Below the photo in between Crossbow and 2016, without the plastered (left) wall. Much better.

1986                                                                                           2015

    

 

                  1986                                                                                           2017

    

 

The Loriol gate in Boulbon  

  The Loriol gate, built in 1253 is the first line of defence. And is one of two fortified doors that commanded access to the village.


1986           The gate is almost attached to the square of the Sint Anne church Boulbo       2017

        

1986                                                                                               2017

     

 

    1986  The start of episode Rebirth                                                                              2017                        

     

Just around the corner...looking through this street you can see the chateau of Boulbon lying up there.

     

 

The path and the bridge

beyond chateau of Boulbon

Matthew is following the soldiers and tries to get Tell's weapon back. All the people had to collect their weapons and bring them to the soldiers. In depression after the murder of his wife, Tell gives his Crossbow too. While Matthew wants to get it back he gets caught by the soldiers. Matthew first wants to join them but later he changes his mind. When he hears about their plans to arrest his farther and the discovery of Tell's hiding place, Matthew goes immediately back to his father to warn him and apologizes.

1986                                                                                                               2015

    

2015 The same place. The small bridge in front of chateau Boulbon. Matthew is hiding here. The soldiers go to Boulbon castle. 2015

    

 The evening shot of the camp can be everywhere it can be shot around here.                                                                                                        

         

 Passing this bridge and turning left (west) to the entrance of Boulbon castle.

The road to the castle

1986                                                                                              2015

    

                                                     

The trails

 The soldiers were taking trails in Boulbon and around Frigolet (the Alpilles and Montagnette) A long time we didn't know the exact place.

         

The compilation

The left picture in the same episode (Matthew and Tell are going to the monastery of Katrina and see the monastary in flames -Bearegard and Villeneuve les Avignon). Now a third location is added... Boulbon! While Tell and Matthew pointing at the smoke at chapelle Beauregard, in fact they stood on the parkingplace of Chateau Boulbon. Clever shot of the cameramen to film from heigth. It really looks like being in the mountains. I've been twice on this path but never thought It could have been here. Thanks for C. petit's sharp eye!

    

The soldier's camp

    

Please look below to the clever compilation of C. Petit. It's situated near Frigolet.

 

 

 

The symbol

The trails around the abbey of Frigolet

1986 Handmaiden. As far as I can see, north-northwest of Frigolet  1986 ep. 24 Rebirth. These mountaintops with the same soldiers as above are at the same position but further away 2014 Abbaye de Frigolet.

    

 

                                                                                      These photos around Frigolet are made by C. Petit

    

    

    

The maid

Fort St. Andre Avignon

The maid brings the ring from the Princess to a messenger in the mountains. Riding out Fort St. Andre in  Villeneuve les Avignon, the changing of clothes and hiding them. This spot is recently found near the parking place of the abbey of Frigolet. See the Google photo above, it's written with a yellow marker 'Servan't hidden place.'

         

1987                                                                                                    2018

     

On the big Google photo (a few lines back) you can see in yellow text 'the servant's hidden place'. That this.

From the house to the bushes the handmaiden changes clothes

And

  ´Meanwhile´ the maid gets arrested (More about Saint-André)  

                 

 

Sentier de la Roque Canine

Boulbon the path of the messenger

              1986  The messenger on his way to look for Matthew and Tell                 2014                                                          2014                                                                    

   

Episode handmaiden and Rebirth are also recorded in the abbey of Senanque. A compilation of small pictures below.

Below: 'Mission accomplished. While the emperor is weak now; Tell's wife is murdered by Gessler and Horst.

         

     Chateau Boulbon. right: In the Abbey of Senanque.

            

 The shots of the emperor in these episodes are all in abbey of Senanque. (No interior shot of Frigolet as far as we know)  Episode Handmaiden and Rebirth.

         

In episode 23 Handmaiden the seat of the Emperor is in Senanque. 'Meanwhile' in Senanque

       

 

Links related to the episode:

St. Jean Cloistre, Avignon Chapterhouse, click here

Villeneuve Les Avignon

   Compilation of the episodes.

                      Senanque                                         Senanque    Frigolet  perhaps Boulbon (found an insignia in the wall with the lion of Boulbon. Still an unknown location)

        

  

Chateau Boulbon

Episode 23, 24 in the episode 'the ruins of Hellburg castle'

Boulbon is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France

 

                                                           The castle of Boulbon is a stunning ruin of the feudal castle built from the 12th century, located at 1-5 Rue du Fort in Boulbon, Bouches-du-Rhône.
Located on a strategic commercial and strategic axis, overlooking the Rhone valley, bordering the county of Provence and the Kingdom of France and crossing major roads at the time, the castle of Boulbon was considered, from its construction, As a sentinel of Provence.

The oldest part of the castle is probably the keep, the central rectangular tower that dates back to the eleventh century. The curtain wall, surrounding the keep and perfectly embracing the rock, dates from the thirteenth century while machicolations seem later (14th century. The latter, decorated with tri-lobed motifs, are similar to those which crown the royal castle of Tarascon. It was only at the end of the fourteenth century that the lords' house and the large terrace on the west side were built. It was in the 17th century that the castle saw the development of its terraced gardens as well as the road that leads to the north gate.

Gaston de Raousset-Boulbon, owner of the castle in the 19th century The castle o'f Boulbon belonged to many different owners since its construction. Raymond de Turenne and King René are examples of this in the 15th century. In 1608, the lordship of Boulbon was erected in county. Then, in 1784, it passed to the family of Raousset-Boulbon which will keep until the XIXe century. From the beginning of the XIXth century, the castle itself is no longer habitable. Gaston de Raousset-Boulbon, after squandering the family fortune, tries to settle in French Algeria, then in the course of colonization, then is a key protagonist of the founding of the Republic of Sonora in Mexico in the years 1850, before To die there shot.

The last count of Boulbon, Gaston de Raousset, died at Boulbon without direct descendants in 1956. The castle now belongs to the Bonaparte-Wyse family4.

 

Episode 23, 24 in the episode 'the ruins of Hellburg castle' 

Curious how Fort Boulbon looks like from above? Here is a beautiful drone video.    

                       1986                                                                             2014 made by the owner                                                                                            1986            

       

              

The Entrance of Boulbon, in Crossbow: ´the ruins of Hellburg castle.´

1986  Tell in front of Chateau                                                                            Around 2015                     

    

Tree is still there, the entrance changed. In 2017 2018 the ruin got restaurated. The entrence was a huge wooden door and nowadays a fence. The same trees were there and have witnessed Crossbow and 30 years after that.

         

Through the Entrance

             There is a wall behind the entrance, the relief is hardly visable. In Crossbow they used lights that create big shadows behind these ruined walls. Right: 2015 same place.

    

The maid awaits at midnight

 Horst followed the maid and Matthew and Tell get caught in a trap. From every corner soldiers appearing on their horses.

    

  

1986  The pursuit through the old ruined wall just beyond the entrance fence 2015                      

     

 

Below all the rooms in the lower ruin. The place Horst pushes his soldiers off the edge to follow Tell

 

         

Tell and Matthew had to flew and jump down a high wall. Horst pushes his soldiers down the window to follow Tell. They make a nasty fall.

    

The smashing of the door

Next morning the soldiers are coming back with a battering ram. Thta means no good because the castle is all surrounded by cliffs.

    

 

    

                                               1986                                                                                                          2015                                                   

   

         

Storming the door, Tell and Matthew on the run! A tense pursuit. The great scenes are supported by music of Stanislas Syrewicz and beautiful shots from above the castle (there were no drones yet but this shots looking very impressive. Like a drone that follows, It seems so stable and that on a difficult position on top!) 

     

Above you see the parts of the wall at the left side

                                                 1986                                                     2015 It's unbelievable this doesn't fall down        2015 taken from another angle       

           

1986                                                                                                              around 2015

     

The stairs

1986                                                                                        around 2015

         

   

   1986                                                                    2015                                                                          2016        

      

 

2015, the 'open' spiral staircase. Who dares to take this spiral open staircase?

Scene of the photo in the middle is shot a few steps higher around the corner of this spiral staircase. Right picture almost the same angle in 2015.

2015                                                                          1987                                                                2016

        

 

The beginning of the stairs, It seems there was a kind of wall to get grip (left picture). That´s gone now.

         

 

On the top of Boulbon

        

          

 

I think this shot could be on top of the tower with the castle wall behind the soldier.                                                                                                                    

    

          

Horst sets the place on fire

         

There seems no way out

    

Then a soldier suddenly appeared via the window                                                                                                                                                                           

         

Horst sets the place on fire

         

 

The escape

1987                                                                                                               2015 

    

          

                                                             1986                                                                  1986                              2015 the room and window is on the photo down in the left corner

         

Left below: The fire is in the room with highest window.                                                                                                                                                                                              

        

 

                    1986  The roofless Moulin of Boulbon on top of the mountain.            2015 Moulin de Boulbon, nowadays restored with mill blades and a roof again.

    

I love the combination of ancient buildings like these and the nature around it! Such beautiful buildings go hand in hand together with the environment in contrast to what people are building nowadays. Perhaps it has to do with the natural kind of stones and the wind and time that shaped it.

In Crossbow this shot is a long shot because the stuntmen are climbing down and that takes a minute. My favorite episode and since I was a kid this shot is clearly on my mind. The ruined wall with hole in it. It always seemed to me like a bunker standing on the ground, but in fact It's a ruined part of the castle. A beautiful camera shot with the castle and the tree shaped by the mistral wind!

         

Handmaiden ending scene.

Location: Boulbon and later Senanque and Senanque's frozen fields.

The escape and this episode ended in the snowy fields of Senanque. Both scenes in Senanque are in Room Chauffoir and the field in front of Senanque

The emperor wants Tell free.

         

      

Beautiful pictures

These photos are copyright of the owner

     

 

    

 

     

Left below: On the machicolations, some battlement panels that have not been reversed during the French Revolution.

     

 

     

 

Shot in  Petit cloistre Villeneuve les Avignon

Episode episode 20, 21                     Petit Cloistre Villeneuve les Avignon Chartreuse, click here for more                      Rebirth 24

       

All the seats of the Emperor

                                         Palais du Papes                                                    and Senanque and Petit Cloistre Villeneuve Les Avignon

           

   

The abbey of Frigolet

    

It's a beautiful decorated church! Every inch of walls and columns is colorfully painted. It's really amazing! The abbey is situated south of St-Michel de Frigolet, in the la Montagnette countryside. A cloister and small church date from the 12th century, but in in 1858 a Premonstratensian abbey was founded and one of the most richly decorated. The whole interior is colourfully painted with stars and saints on the pillars and ceiling. After a brief period of exile in Belgium at the beginning of the 20th century, the monks returned to Frigolet. The word Frigolet is Provencal for Thyme.

    

Frigolet Abbey (French: Abbaye Saint-Michel de Frigolet) is a Premonstratensian monastery, originally Benedictine, in southern France. It is located in the territory of the commune of Tarascon, in the region of the Montagnette, the parishes of which are served by the canons of the monastery.

     

Monks, canons and friars

The monastery, dedicated to Saint Michael, was founded about 960 at Frigolet by Conrad the Pacific, King of Arles, on one of the numerous hills which lie between Tarascon and Avignon. It was initially occupied by Benedictine monks from Montmajour Abbey. By the 12th century, the abbey was home to a community of canons regular. A document from 1133 lists the prior of the canons as Guillaume of Loubières. The chapel of Our Lady of Good Remedy dates from this period. The canonical Augustinian community lasted until 1480, when the canons petitioned the Holy See to suppress the monastery. This request was granted by Pope Sixtus IV, at which time the monastery was abandoned. The chapel, however, remained a popular pilgrimage site. In 1647 the monks of the Hieronymite Order were given possession of the derelict monastery. They worked to restore it, at the same time expanding the complex, enlarging the choir and sacristy, and erecting a chapter room. The community did not stay long, however, and were replaced in 1661 by the Discalced Augustinians. The friars of this order continued the work of the Hieronymites, but also did pastoral care in the surrounding region, providing support to the local clergy. At the time of the French Revolution, it was suppressed and sold by the French Republic. source  As far as we know the interior of this abbey has not been a location. 

Old drawning

You can visit the abbey and it is easily accessible by car, but my favourite way of visiting it is on foot, setting off from the town of Boulbon and passing by its medieval fortified castle along the way. 

     

Rando Boulbon Frigolet - Le Mavic Air avec beaucoup de vent

 

   

 

Card of 1977

    

 

Towers of the Abbey as seen from the direction of Boulbon

A nice written story about life at Frigolet!

You can take the path from Boulbon castle to Frigolet. The path takes you up a steep climb through the dry garrigue (scrubland), scented with wild thyme, sage and rosemary.   After a few twists and turns, taking you ever further into the hills, you finally reach the plateau where you can see the towers of the abbey emerging ahead of you and at certain times during the day you can hear the bells faintly ringing across the hilltops calling the brothers to prayer

This is the sight and sound that would have greeted the pilgrims as they came to pray to The Blessed Virgin Mary, Nostra Domina de Ferigoleto, in the Chapel of Our Lady at Frigolet and to St Michael at the Church of St Michel.   No doubt the pilgrim would have been offered a night’s bunk and something to eat before heading off to the next place of worship along the way.

The abbey, which is still in use today and home to Canons Regular (as they are called) of the Prémontré Order, dates back to AD 938.  Over the centuries buildings were added and enlarged as the importance of the monastery grew.  It survived the comings and goings of Kings and Queens and various Religious trends throughout the centuries.  However, it was sacked and plundered during the French Revolution, forcing the inhabitants to flee as the buildings were set on fire and only one of the chapels survived.

The Canons Prémontrés, returned to the abbey in 1858 restoring and rebuilding it to what it is now.   They still live there today, though there are only 10 of them left.   They welcome people from the outside World to join them in their Religious Services, Laudes, Mass, Vespers and Evening Mass, which are conducted in Gregorian chant.  They also offer Spiritual retreats for people looking to spend up to 8 days in silence and contemplation, eating and living along-side the brothers and attending one religious service a day.   If this is something you might be interested in, you can apply to the Père Hôtelier, Abbaye Saint-Michel de Frigolet, 13150 Tarascon, France.  They suggest that you should be able to speak some French and you’ll have to leave your modern life at the door, as there is no mobile signal and no wifi in the buildings and you will literally be living like a monk, rising at 6.30am, eating your meals in silence and going to bed at 9.15.

The abbey used to be self-sufficient and produced its own honey.  Sadly the last of the apiarists died some years ago and no one has taken his place.  In the 19th century, one of the brothers, an herbalist, came up with a recipe for a liqueur using 30 herbs and plants that grow in the hills.  His claim was that it was a tonic and that it “does nothing but good”.  Le liqueur de Frigolet is still made today in a distillery in the nearby town of Graveson and its recipe kept a closely guarded secret. If you walk around the grounds, you can see where the vegetable garden and the herb patch were, but sadly only the wooden markers remain.

 

         

If you would like to stay at the abbey, but living like a monk is not your thing, there is a touristique hotel within the Abbey’s walls called the Hotellerie de L’Abbaye de St Michel de Frigolet.  It is run independently from the abbey, but the rooms are rather Spartan and barely furnished none-the-less.  It is utilitarian rather than luxe and befitting to its two star rating.  But if you are after a unique location, surrounded by wild and rugged countryside and looking for some peace and quiet, this could be the place for you.  There are lots of hikes that lead straight from the hotel door and the hotel will even give you a packed lunch for €9.   There are, of course, plenty of towns and villages nearby to explore by bike or car.

Attached to the hotel is a restaurant touristique, called Le fournil de la Montagnette and is housed in the old bakery, sous les micoculiers. You sit on wooden benches along wooden tables under the shade of the big Hackberry tree. The food is locally sourced and mainly organic and the menu is provençal. Source: Provence calling 2013

Extra photos and information about the Abbaye de Frigolet. While looking at this tower (right below) I always have to think about the game Chess!

          

 

Restaurant 

Once a year the restaurant runs foraging classes on how to cook with the wild herbs picked in the surrounding hills. Who knows what the future of the abbey will hold.  How long will the brothers be able to hold out with their dwindling numbers?  Will it become part of the modern World with its churches becoming hotels and its pilgrims, wealthy travellers in search of Michelin stars? At least for now, the only stars you’ll see at Abbaye de St Michel de Frigolet are those in the skies above.

Distance: 7-8 km according to the visits.

For more information on the abbey go to http://www.frigolet.com/en/

Address Saint-Michel de Frigolet. 13150 Tarascon, France