Rue Grande - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken in the end of May 2010, it shows the main street of a medieval village of Saint Paul de Vence, that is a charming hilltop fortified village in Provence, filled with art galleries, boutiques and sidewalk cafes.
Rue Grande - FURTHER INFORMATION
Rue Grande - Saint Paul de Vence visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Rue Grande' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Provence.
Saint Paul de Vence is a beautiful medieval village, fortified located in Provence, Alpes Maritimes in France. It can be overrun by tourists, especially in summer, but has not lost its charm. Behind the stone walls, narrow streets, it has become an artists village.
Saint Paul de Vence attracted many artists over the past century from Modigliani in 1920 and now has a very high reputation as an artistic village. It is also a place of great natural beauty. Among the famous artists who spent time in Saint Paul de Vence are Picasso, Braque and Miró. This legacy continued in 1960 when the village was host to many actors and directors of French cinema.
The Maeght Foundation, located outside the village in road La Colle, contains one of the most important collections of modern and contemporary art in Europe, with about 9,000 works by Miró, Chagall, Bonnard, Braque, Léger, Alechinsky, Adami, Dubuffet, Van Velde, etc.
Saint Paul-de-Vence - Tourist AttractionsAs already mentioned, Saint Paul-de-Vence is a very popular tourist destination. This small village of around 300 inhabitants receives nearly 2.5 million visitors each year. Among the attractions are:
- Saint Paul-de-Vence Fortifications - walk around the ancient fortifications surrounding the village.
- Fondation Maeght - world-famous art museum found just outside Saint Paul-de-Vence with an extensive collection of 20th-century paintings, sculptures and ceramics.
- Musée d'Histoire Locale - museum with wax figures in period costumes, found in the middle of the village.
- Musée Municipal - museum containing contemporary art.
- Street Art - Saint Paul-de-Vence is full of artwork embedded in the walls, which includes religious statues and various other decorations.
- Collegial Church - Romanesque church located on the highest point of the village, containing four chapels and a treasury with precious items of silverware, reliquaries and a parchment dating from 1588.
- The Dungeon - surprisingly roomy, three-storey tower which also functioned as the town hall. It is topped by a bell cast in 1443.
- Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs (White Penitents' Chapel) - Recent restoration of a 17th century chapel containing 1 mosaic, 4 stained glass windows, 8 canvasses, 2 sculptures, and relaying the floor with white marble pebbles.
- Viewpoints - various viewpoints on the ramparts offer stunning, panoramic views encompassing both the snow covered Alps down to the Côte d'Azur and Mediterranean.
- Vence - small village just 3km from Saint Paul-de-Vence with shops and art galleries, and fine terrace cafés.
- Tourrettes-sur-Loup - picturesque village 8km from Saint Paul-de-Vence with artisanal shops run by the artists themselves.
Office de tourisme de Saint Paul de Vence (Saint Paul de Vence Touris Information Office)
2, Rue Grande- 06570 Saint Paul
Phone: +33(4) 93 32 86 95