Cultural stays > The French Riviera’s top 12 monuments
|FORT CARRE - ANTIBES|
This defensive building was once a circular tower dating back to 1550 on the site of the Saint-Laurent Chapel. Its construction was perfected under Vauban's command and adapted to the evolution of fire-arms and military siege techniques. Today, the Fort is classified as an historic monument.
|VILLA KERYLOS - BEAULIEU SUR MER|
In this villa, built in 1902 by Théodore Reinach, everything has been designed to reconstitute the luxury and beauty of a noble home of Ancient Greece while incorporating modern amenities and comfort : frescos, mosaics, reproductions of artworks, antique furniture...
|ABBAYE DE LERINS - ILE SAINT-HONORAT - CANNES|
Founded in 410 A.D. by Saint Honorat, this monastery was a landmark for Christianity in the west throughout the 5th and 6th centuries. The Abbey's influence covered a considerable area of the mainland. After undergoing looting and destruction, it was rebuilt in 1869 and has since been home to a community of Cistercian monks.You can visit the church, museum and fortified monastery. Accommodation, spiritual retreats and facilities for prayer.
|CHAPELLE NOTRE-DAME DES FONTAINES - LA BRIGUE|
A remarkable collection of wall frescos in a 12th century shrine, entirely decorated by the Italian masters Canavesio and Baleison in 1492. Surprising depictions of the Last Judgement.
|SANCTUAIRE DE NOTRE-DAME-DE-LAGHET - LA TRINITE|
Still attracts pilgrims from all over the region, from Provence to Italy. Crowned by a statue of the Virgin Mary covered in gold-leaf, this Italian baroque-style church dates back to 1656. The museum in the cloister contains very precious ex-votos, preserved since the 19th century.4Accommodation provided by the Benedictine nuns for those seeking spiritual nourishment.
|TROPHEE DES ALPES - TROPHEE D'AUGUSTE - LA TURBIE|
Surveying the coast from high above Monaco, this Roman monument was built to commemorate "pax romana" throughout the region and glorify the victory of Emperor Augustus over the rebellious Ligurian tribes. Archaeological collections in the museum.
|CATHEDRALE ORTHODOXE RUSSE ST NICOLAS - NICE|
The Saint-Nicolas Cathedral was built in 1912 by a Russian architect and is the largest orthodox religious building to have been built outside Russia.
|PARC DES ARENES DE CIMIEZ - NICE|
The remains of the Roman city of Cemenelum, at the heart of a splendid olive grove, every year the Arènes de Cimiez host the Nice Jazz Festival.
|VILLA ET JARDINS EPHRUSSI DE ROTHSCHILD -Propriété de l'Académie des Beaux-Arts de l?Institut de France - ST JEAN CAP FERRAT|
All the atmosphere of the Riviera is to be found in this enchanting site overlooking the quayside of Villefranche and Baie des Fourmis. Built by Baroness Ephrussi de Rothschild during the "Belle Epoque", this architectural "folly" was inspired by the great renaissance residences of Venice and Florence. Its seven different gardens are alone worth a visit : Spanish, Florentine, Japanese, Provençal, oriental, exotic and classic French.
|CITADELLE SAINT-ELME - VILLEFRANCHE SUR MER|
To protect the County of Nice from invaders, the Duke of Savoy had the Citadel built in the 16th century, together with the satellite fortresses of Mont-Alban and Saint-Hospice, and the port of La Darse where the galleys were moored. These constructions entrusted to Italian engineers were fore-runners of a new type of bastion fortification. Today, this remarkable complex (7.5 acres) accommodates the Town Hall, the Volti, Goetz-Boumeester Museums and the Roux Collection.