Tour de la Vade

The Tower of the Vade "la Tour de la Vade": This tower had been erected under the reign of Saint-Louis to strengthen this side of the city. It is practically independent from the curtain and has its well and its furnace. This tower could easely resist to the attacks of the ennemy. During centuries, it was the main residence of the "mortes payes", a company created by Saint-Louis to ensure the protection of the city and of the castle. On the top of it was fixed the papegay : the wood parrot that the candidates to be king, had to shoot down with an arrow of crossbow. Organized by the consuls around the Sunday of Pentecôte, this test was attracting a great number of competitors who were waiting for their go in a neighbour camp called : the camp of the King.