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Saint Paul de Vence

Contemporary Art and celebrities

Saint Paul de VenceSaint Paul de Vence is without doubt one of the most beautiful and most famous villages of Provence. Place holiday sought by artists (painters, sculptors, and then actors or singers) it must also its current celebrity at the Fondation Maeght, a mecca of modern art.

The appearance of Saint Paul de Vence is yet to begin thinking about a fortified city, more than turned to art, because of its walls almost intact. They were built at the request of Francis 1, and is a replica of the citadel of Nice. There was also a castle in Saint Paul de Vence, but it remains today a dungeon, which now houses the town hall.

Other historic location, the chapel Saint Clement, twelfth century, but restored in the seventeenth. It contains among other treasures a painting of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Tintoretto but also statues and silver-gilt, including a black Virgin. The path crosses beautiful walnut, painted using a technique of the sixteenth century, tempera the glue, is modern.

Fontaine, Saint Paul de VenceFinally, one of the symbols of Saint Paul de Vence, Great Fontaine, is undoubtedly the most famous fountain of Provence. Built in 1615, it is classified historical monuments since 1850. Above the basin, iron bars used to support the pitchers that people came fill.

Scores of people have attached their names to the town. Among the best known include painters Matisse, Modigliani, Chagall, Signac, but also writers as Giono or Prévert.

Of course, the world of cinema was not to be outdone and everyone knows, among the actors Yves Montand and Simone Signoret or Lino Ventura... Everyone remembers the Pictures of these stars, playing petanque in the village square, in front of the Auberge de la Colombe d'Or.

LIEN >>> A visit to Saint Paul de Vence: the Maeght Foundation, an outstanding example of a private foundation in Europe.

Pictures of Saint Paul de Vence

Saint Paul de Vence, vue générale Lavoir dans les rues de Saint Paul Une rue

Around Saint Paul de Vence

Vence - Antibes - Cannes - Iles de Lérins - Grasse - Nice - Mandelieu - Côte d'Azur - Beaulieu sur Mer - Saint Jean Cap Ferrat - Villefranche sur Mer - Vallauris Golfe-Juan - Cagnes sur Mer

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