The Cemetery of Saint-Paul de Vence

The Cemetery of Saint-Paul de Vence

One of the most visited cemeteries on the Côte d’Azur – here rests several celebrities – including Chagall & Maeght

The cemetery of Saint-Paul de Vence was built in the old medieval district of Puy in the 16th century and the presence of Marc Chagall especially attracts the tourists.

The Puy Plateau, on which the present cemetery is located, is the original core of the urban area (between the year 1000 and the beginning of the 12th century). At that time, a habitat was probably built around the Church of Saint Michel, the existence of which is attested back to the middle of the 14th century.

Saint-Michel Chapel mentioned as far back as 1356 – © cityxee.com

In addition to its religious function, this church was the place where representatives of the community gathered to make major decisions, as evidenced by an archival document dated from 1356. The current chapel Michel dates from the 16th century and was built on the foundations of the original church by Francois 1er.

The tombs of the famous
Among the personalities buried in Saint-Paul Cemetery, Marc Chagall occupies a special place since living in the village from 1966 to 1985. For almost 20 years, he painted countless landscapes in Saint-Paul de Vence in his workshop, in which lovers, goats and roosters hover over the village and the ramparts in the scent of huge bouquets of flowers.

Marc Chagall is buried with his wife and brother-in-law

On the second plateau of the cemetery, Aimé and Marguerite Maeght rest with their son Bernard, who died at the age of just 11 years. They were the founders of the famous art museum Fondation Maeght, located here in Saint-Paul de Vence.

By Tommy Sverre / 2021

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Churches & chapels

The Collegial Church

The 17th century marked the golden age of the church in Saint-Paul de Vence. Here, in 1666 the church was raised to the rank of Collegial Church by the bishop Antoine Godeau of Vence

Museums

Célestin Freinet school

The famous schoolteacher and educator Célestin Freinet (1896-1966) taught in Saint-Paul de Vence between 1928 and 1933.

Churches & chapels

The Folon chapel – The White Penitents

Experience the admirable Folon Chapel, a design work of Jean-Michel Folon and learn more about an artist who had strong ties to Saint-Paul de Vence for over thirty years.

Fountains

Grand Fontaine 1850

La Grande Fontaine was built in 1850 in the Provencal style and has inspired many painters and photographers over time.

Squares & Promenades

Pétanque at Place de Gaulle

Learn to play pétanque at perhaps the world’s most famous pétanque court at Place de Gaulle. The local tourist office can provide an educational lesson.

Hiking

Walk along the western rampart

“Henri Layet discovery walk” – this is a wonderful little walk on a recently created path that runs along the western side of the city.

Food & Wine

La Colombe d’Or

This is one of the world’s most famous restaurants, visited by the most famous people in the world.

Art

Lucky the Horse by Rémi Pesce

The artist, Rémi Pesce, used 3,000 horseshoes to create the statue, each representing Saint-Paul’s approx. 3,000 inhabitants

Art

The Maeght Fondation art museum

The Maeght Fondation art museum welcomes more than 100,000 visitors in a unique architectural building designed by Josep Lluis Sert.

Selected experiences in cities close to Saint-Paul de Vence
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Vence

Hike to Saint-Paul de Vence

This hike to Saint-Paul de Vence from the center of Vence is neither too long nor too strenuous, but rather beautiful and cozy.

Vence

Saint Elisabeth chapel

Saint Elisabeth chapel in Vence impresses with its rediscovered fresco paintings by Giovanni Canavesio, and its history dates back to the 14th century.

Tourrettes-sur-Loup

Domaine des Courmettes

Domaine des Courmettes is located at the foot of the Pic de Courmettes at an altitude of 850m and is a great starting point for both picnics and hiking.

Tourrettes-sur-Loup

The sundial in church Saint-Grégoire

The sundial is recognized as one of the very first instruments that men used to measure the passage of time because of its simplicity.

Vence

The Museum of Vence

The Musée de Vence / Fondation Émile Hugues is situated in the heart of the historic city center and is among the very popular sights on the Côte d’Azur.

Vence

Cathedral Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité

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Tourrettes-sur-Loup

The Church Saint-Grégoire

Cool in summer and warm in winter. Hospitable and peaceful. The parish church of the Provencal medieval village of Tourettes-sur-Loup always welcomes you…

Vence

Gombrowicz Museum

Dedicated to the Polish master writer Witold Gombrowitz and beautifully situated in Villa Alexandrine.

Tourrettes-sur-Loup

The Saint-Jean Chapel

The Saint-Jean chapel was built in 1674 and then destroyed by a hurricane in 1925. In 1959 the chapel was given new life thanks to …

Vence

Chapel Pénitents Blancs

This chapel is the largest and most interesting chapel in Vence. Centrally located, just a few hundred meters from Place Grand Jardin, on the ancient Roman road to Castallane…

Tourrettes-sur-Loup

Hike Pié Martin

This nice, cozy and moderate hike of 7.5 km. starts in the center of Tourettes-sur-Loup

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