Saint-Paul-de-Vence is an ancient city located in Cote d'Azur in France. This place has its own unique ambiance. Thanks to the famous guests and locals it became a real gallery of the modern art. In addition to numerous medieval buildings in the center, one can walk around the city and enjoy spacious squares with fountains, well-groomed private gardens, snow-white chapels, churches, famous monuments and unique exhibits. Don’t forget to visit local handicraft shops, studios and art galleries where you can find a lot of interesting objects of art from all the centuries.
Key attractions of the city
Chapel of the Rosary. This is a snow-white chapel erected in the middle of the previous century in accordance with the drawings and works of Matisse, who was a famous artist and sculptor.
Church of Conversion of Saint Paul. The church is decorated with the paintings of the Italian artists, including Tintoretto, as well as luxurious church relics and statues made from precious metals.
Chapel of White Penitents (15-16 century). It has original murals of Giovanni Canavesio.
The city cemetery of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Here you can find the grave of Marc Chagall. He spent the last years of his life in this majestic city.
Van Gogh monument by Bruno Catalano with the missing center, which creates an illusion of emptiness and transparency. This attraction is one of the most popular among the tourists in Saint-Paul-de-Vence. Each visitor of the city wants to take a memorable photo with the bronze statue of Van Gogh. By the way, the monument is constantly moving all around the city. Probably they want to show how to fill the gap in our souls using many different ways.
Saint-Paul-de-Vence attractions include monuments, fountains, and galleries. You can read this article in order to find the worthy places to visit during your trip…
Many years ago fountains were used as a source of fresh water. Later they became signs of the royal power, while today they serve as decorative elements of cities, villages, and parks.
The most famous fountain in Saint-Paul-de-Vence is called Grand Fountain and can be found in the main square of the city. It was built in 1850, has a form of a can, and called a lamp fountain. It’s surrounded by arcs, has a washstand, while the name of the fountain is held by marble kids on the forged stand.
The city has a lot of other medieval French and Roman fountains, objects from the era of Renaissance, as well as modern ones.
Art galleries in Saint-Paul-de-Vence
In the 20’s of the previous century, the city was frequently visited by famous artists from Paris. They liked to stay in Hotel de la Colombe d`Or, paying for accommodation with their paintings. These days the hotel became one of the most famous art galleries in the city. It has a rich collection of the paintings by the most famous artists.
There are several other galleries in the city, and you can definitely visit them. Don’t forget to check Foundation Maeght. This is a real temple of the art of the 20th century.
It was opened by Eme Maeght in 1964 in a beautiful forest not far from the city. It exhibits paintings by Matisse, Leger, Chagall, and Braque.