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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ANN MARIE FINN-CUSICK said 3 years ago


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


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User Reviews

Daniela Serban (12 months ago)
Worst, at 14.00 a clock all restaurants was closed. We can't dat untill 19.00.
Andrew O'Flynn (2 years ago)
It was shut for a week. Wasnt obvious from the website. Two busses and an hour and a half for no exhibition. I have been before and it is wonderful. The 1 star is for this visit only.
Clive Evans (2 years ago)
Set in a very pleasant French village atop a hill in Cagnes Sur mer: we drove up and parked in the automated car park: it takes your car and stores it in Subterranean levels, very Thunderbirds. There is a large square with a few restaurants (after all it is France) and great views. The museum entrance fee is very reasonable, but they don't accept cards. We passed through various rooms and levels but the highlights are: the painted ceiling and the view from the very top. Worth a visit.
Siddhu goge (2 years ago)
Nice place good history but renovation is going on....
Dave Cotterill (2 years ago)
Fantastic place to visit. Take the free shuttle up hill then after walk down through town.
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