La Roque Saint-Christophe

Part two – Everything including the kitchen sink

The well winch (foreground) was used to lift and lower two loads at the same time. When one load went up the other went down.

The well winch

The well winch

The single barrel winch was used for lifting heavy loads. It is easy to imagine one large man or two small men to walk inside the wheel in order to lift about seven times his/or their body weight.

The single barrel winch

The single barrel winch

The swing crane with beam. The Hobbit is me; I look so small standing along side the winch

tricksy hobbitses?

tricksy hobbitses?

The Great staircase, this is one of my favourites. It is one of the largest monolithic staircases in Europe. It has thirty two steps cut out of the rock face and leads to the fifth terrace where projectiles were discovered. It is unsafe for visitors so unfortunately closed to the public. At the side of the staircase is an area cut out of the rock, it was a defence lodge for men in arms

The Great Staircase

The Great Staircase

Inside one of the reconstructed medieval homes.

Interior decoration

Interior decoration

The fortress kitchen. All of the displays are exact replicas of archaeological objects found on the site.

A rustic kitchen

A rustic kitchen

As for the drainage system, a sink and a gutter were cut out of the rock close to the exit. Cupboards and rings, all cut out of the rock, are visible, as well as simple holes carved to accommodate shelves.

And the kitchen sink

And the kitchen sink

The first inhabitants of the site were probably Neanderthal man who occupied the site 55000 years ago. Many skeletons were found on this site.

Neanderthal man

Neanderthal man and woman + bear

To find out more visit www.roque-st-christohe.com

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