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Tarascon, sometimes referred to as Tarascon-sur-Rhône, is a town and commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône département, in the south of France.


Tarascon is located 23 km south of Avignon and 20 km north of Arles, on the left bank of the Rhône River. On the other side is the similarly sized town of Beaucaire in the département of Gard, région of Languedoc-Roussillon. Directly opposite each other and connected by several bridges, Beaucaire and Tarascon effectively constitute one town.


The construction of the current castle of Tarascon was started in 1401 by Louis II of Anjou, after the previous castle was destroyed. The construction was continued by his first son, Louis III of Anjou, and was completed in 1449 by his second son, René I of Naples. Thus, the castle is often referred to as le château du roi René ("King René's castle").


It was turned into a military prison in the 17th century, until its acquisition by the state in 1932.


It stands right on the banks of the Rhône opposite Beaucaire Castle, and near the Collegiate Church of St Martha.


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Taken on March 20, 2008