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The light of Provence

Vence, dans les Alpes MaritimesAt the foot of Baous (limestone mountains that surround it), Vence is a village bathed in this extraordinary light of Provence has always attracted painters. That is why Vence is not a Provencal village as others, it is also a meeting place for artists as beautiful as Matisse, Chagall and Dubuffet.

A stroll through the old Vence will allow you to gradually discover the architectural treasures that history to be deposited in this city. Firstly, the Chateau de Villeneuve, built in the seventeenth century, former residence of the Counts of Provence, now a mecca for contemporary art. The Chateau de Villeneuve / Emile Hugues Foundation hosts temporary exhibitions that always accompanies a series of cultural activities.

Chapelle MatisseSee also the Chapel of the Rosary also called Matisse Chapel, a chapel built in 1951 by architect Auguste Perret and decorated by Henri Matisse. The painter who saw the chapel as a "masterpiece of its existence", devoted four years of hard work.

Other place now dedicated to contemporary arts, Chapel of Whites Penitents, whose originality lies in the polychrome tile dome of the spire.

But Vence is not modern art, it is also a village alive, vibrant, which welcomes with joy every year tourists come in search of is the sun of Provence and the gaiety of the Midi. You admire the Fountain Peyra, the square of the same name, you'll shops Street Market, or you'll contemplate "Hell", a picturesque corners of Vence.

Pictures of Vence

Fontaine Peyra, à Vence Tour Saint Lambert Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs Les Baous Cathédrale Notre Dame de la Nativité Une rue de Vence

Around Vence

Saint Paul de 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

Other cities in Provence