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BIOT
 
 
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La Brague River

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  Communauté d'agglomération de Sophia Antipolis


 

 

 
Biot is located in the heart of the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes, just five minutes from the Mediterranean shores. It harbours amazing treasures.


The town enjoys a distinct identity inherited from its rich historic past, especially its exceptional cultural and artistic heritage, like the prestigious Fernand Léger National Museum.


Biot is a paradise for the art of living. Many restaurants offer the colours and flavours of Mediterranean cuisine. The cafés with their terraces all invite visitors to relax in a friendly atmosphere. La Brague River flows through a listed protected Natural Park, ideal for strolling. Two splendid golf courses complete the privileges offered by Biot.


Nearby, beautifully integrated to the forest, Sophia Antipolis emerges discreetly. This world-renowned Technology Park is the flagship of the French Riviera in terms of research and development.



Free “Visit Biot” application from Appstore and Play Store.
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  Outings
• The historic centre of Biot:


First a fief of the Order of the Temple, then of the Knights of Malta, Biot is a fortified village with rampart-houses and mediaeval gates. Along its paved flower-decked streets, there is a succession of Maltese crosses, engraved stones and mosaics of cobbles. Since its renascence in the 15th century, Biot has preserved its charm along with its architecture, representative of the perched villages of the Mediterranean coast.


What is the best way to visit?


- With the audio-guide and the “Visit Biot” application, which can be downloaded free of charge, in French and English.


- With the “Chemin historique” brochure available at L'Office de Tourisme.


- With a guided tour, by reservation on Sundays, according to a route suggested by L'Office de Tourisme.


- In an electric convertible with Biotour, every day.


- With a photographer: Objectif Biot means discovering the village with technical advice from a photographer to take the best shots (Wednesdays).





• Parc Départemental de la Brague.


The Park covers 480 hectares in the Communes of Biot and Valbonne. It is located 6km from the Mediterranean Sea and its altitude varies from 40m to 245m. Five hiking trails around the village of Biot offer a wide diversity of Mediterranean landscapes (pine groves, garrigue, oak trees, cyst, myrtle). And, along these trails, many historic remains are present: old mills, traces of grinding stones for making charcoal, quarries for volcanic tuff for “pierres à four” to make ovens and traces of Roman occupation. Brochure available at L'Office de Tourisme.





Sites


Fernand Léger National Museum


Museum of the Histoire and Ceramics of Biot


Eco-museum of Glass


Bonsai Arboretum



  Monuments
Religious monuments


Sainte-Marie-Madeleine church(15th c)





Historic Monuments


Place des Arcades(13th and 14th c). This square was at the centre of the first castrum of Biot. It is lined with two series of arcades which are very original in shape. The ground is covered with cobbles and the ceiling reveals beams on the first floor. The Knights Templar had their base on Place des Arcades.


Porte des Migraniers (1566). This gate named for the pomegranate tree (migranier in Provençal) is on the street called Calade des Migraniers.


Porte des Tines (1565). On this gate, the hinges can still be seen sealed in the pillars, each with a hole for bar which blocked the doors.


Communal bread oven(1930). For the first weekend of every month and special events, the baker offers cooking and baking classes at the Communal oven (bread, pizzas, etc).


 Craftsmen
Meeting creators.


Biot is best known for its glassworks. But today, some fifty creators live and work in Biot, with 15 different trades: jewellery, leatherworking, sculpture, painting...


Some perpetuate tradition, while others innovate for a more contemporary art.


L'Office de Tourisme offers a brochure on meeting creators, “À la rencontre des créateurs” inviting you to meet them in their studios, some of which are open to the public, others by appointment only. They can also be found in the “Visit Biot” application.


Guided tour of studios Thursdays at 5pm. Information at L'Office de Tourisme


MUSEE D'HISTOIRE ET DE CERAMIQUES BIOTOISES  - BIOT

At the heart of the village, this museum has an important collection of ornamental ceramics made in Biot. 2000 years of Biot's history are also retraced (documents, objects produced in the region...).

MUSEE NATIONAL FERNAND LEGER  - BIOT

Where "abstract art leads to mural art". This museum devoted to Fernand Léger contains over 348 original artworks, drawings, oil paintings, stained-glass windows and mosaics. Addition in 2001 to the permanent collection of works from the Musée National d'Art Moderne in Paris.

JARDIN DU MUSEE NATIONAL FERNAND LEGER  - BIOT

Designed by Henri Fisch, this garden features sculptures and polychrome reliefs.

EGLISE SAINTE-MARIE-MADELEINE  - BIOT

See the Vierge du Rosaire by Louis Bréa (around 1505).
Here the Virgin wears, with simple grace, a glorious robe, adorned with gold, whose belt studded with small precious roses is another image of the Rosary, and the bright reds of some items of clothing help structure the attractive arrangement of the figures. In place of the 15 Mysteries, six figures of saints frame the central panel where cherubs with beautiful wings spread the panels of the great mantle over humanity.

FOUR A PAIN COMMUNAL (1930)  - BIOT

This bread oven, installed at the end of the 30s, remained operational until the mid 80s. It came directly from the quarries of Biot. "The quality of the Biot ash layer thus enables the production of ovens renowned both locally and internationally".


Ash stones, with refractory qualities, were extracted from the hills of Biot, then carved, assembled in place to check the structure of the oven, numbered, then dismantled, transported and then re-assembled in their final position. This industry flourished in Biot until the end of the 90s, with up to five oven construction artisans (or around 20 employees).


The communal bread oven came directly from the quarries of Biot, which met the needs of our artisans in the construction of ovens.

PLACE DES ARCADES  - BIOT

In the XIVth century, Provence suffered a demographic crisis. A general famine and then the black death caused the disappearance of around half the population. Whole regions were depopulated and some villages, like Biot, deserted. After 1460 some lords organised the repopulation of these places by habitation acts, agreements concluded with the people, often from abroad, which guaranteed their rights. Thus Biot was repopulated in 1470 by the inhabitants of the Oneille valley, in Liguria.


In the XIIIth and XIVth century, this place was in the centre of the first castrum, a Roman military camp, of Biot. It was lined by two arcaded galleries with original shapes. The floor of the gallery is cobblestones, and in its ceiling you can see the beams of the first floor. The Place des Arcades was the headquarters of the Templers.

PORTE DES MIGRANIERS (1566)  - BIOT

The Porte des Migraniers (Provençal name for grenadier), built in 1566, is located in the Calade des Migraniers. This doorway, made of rendered limestone, forms a full arch, vaulted. You can still see the old rampart walk and the two towers: the first, the one on the right, which still rises to a height of around 3 metres, and the second, at around 30 metres, below it.

PORTE DES TINES (1565)  - BIOT

The porte des Tines, built in 1565, still has the hinges sealed into the pillars, each pierced with a hole into which the end of the bar closing the door were housed.


Located on Rue des Tines, this doorway is integrated into an urban setting comprising a tower, unique for being both square and a laundry reached by roads which converge on a small landscaped urban areas.


Slightly less well preserved than the Porte des Migraniers, the Porte des Tines has the same architectural characteristics, the vaulted arch being rougher and the mortar in worse condition. The hinges holding the door are still well preserved. Unlike the Porte des Migraniers, the ramparts walk does not pass through the gate.

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