Château Grimaldi

Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

The Château Grimaldi at Cagnes-sur-Mer is built on the site of an earlier fortress occupied by the Greeks and then the Romans. The present castle was built in 1309 by Rainier Grimaldi (Lord of Cagnes and an admiral of France) - a distant ancestor of the present ruling house of Monaco. Later it became the residence of the Governors of the province. Following the French Revolution, it was used as barracks and later as a hospital. Now owned by the city of Cagnes, it is known as le Château Musée Grimaldi.

Built upon a hilltop, the castle towers over the town. Constructed in the local stone, it retains many of its original medieval features and motifs, it is machicolated with crenelations surmounting its towers and keep. The castle is built around a triangular courtyard. During the reign of Louis XIII (1610 to 1643) the castle was altered, and the principal rooms made more comfortable and redecorated in the contemporary taste. The great hall has a painted ceiling depicting the Fall of Phaëton, completed in the 1620s by the Genovese painter Giulio Benso, while the chapel has a ceiling painted with folk scenes.

Today the castle is an exhibition centre for contemporary art from around the world, and a museum of modern art.

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9-18-2017, A SPLENDID PALACE WITH ANCIENT HISTORY DESIGNED BY "THE CREATOR" FOR GRACE PATRICIA KELLY/GRIMALDI AND HUSBAND, RANIER GRIMALDI, MARRIED 1956, THREE CHILDREN BORN TO GRACE AND RANIER. MANY, MANY GRAND-CHILDREN TOO!!!


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Founded: 1309
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in France
Historical period: Late Capetians (France)

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Eddie Bally (8 months ago)
Amazing views Food is great quality, simple and tasty… and cannot fault this at all Our waitress was incredibly friendly and attentive The wine selection is spot on
Felix V (11 months ago)
Very good Restaurant (Reserve 1-2 days in advance!) and cosy small hotel with nice views of the surroundings
Rob Ortega (14 months ago)
Awesome hidden gem square with pizza restaurants and a bar
Win (2 years ago)
Delicious and flavourful food prepared with outstanding ingredients. Excellent service and stunning view. What more do you want? Ask for the local beer, highly recommended!
Christian Höft (2 years ago)
Very nice and clean environment. Enjoyed the sunset. We were only there to have a drink. Nice and attentive service. ? And please excuse my bad french.
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