Vence Cathedral

Vence, France

The Cathedral Notre Dame de la Nativité, built in the 4th century took its final shape in the 12th century. The Tower Saint Lambert, vestige of the Bishop's Palace of France dates from the same period. 

Inside, the size of the building can be surprising, but one is very quickly charmed by all the marvels which it contains: a fragment of a sarcophagus with low Gallo-Roman reliefs, pieces of Carolingian sculptures and a set of polychromatic wooden statues representing the Way of the Cross dating from the 17th and 18th  centuries, the jewel of the Vençois religious heritage.

This sacred place shelters a baptistery decorated by Marc Chagall's mosaic representing Moses saved from the waters. Chagall who lived in Vence from 1950 to 1966 wanted to express the joy of baptism by this theme.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in France
Historical period: Birth of Capetian dynasty (France)

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Bastien Bonnard (10 months ago)
A beautifull Church where I had the chance to participate to the easter mass, with local song and holy song this "Cathedral" so called, has a very good accoustic.
Inna Kyrylenko (10 months ago)
Such a lovely church. Definitely worth visiting. It has a treasury upstairs and there’s a mosaic by Chagall on one of the walls.
Florent ZHL (3 years ago)
Lovely place in the historical center of Vence, nice staff guided us upstairs to discover ‘trésors’, impressive! There was an open air classic opera concert beautifully performed, its is just perfect leisure time!
Florent ZHL (3 years ago)
Lovely place in the historical center of Vence, nice staff guided us upstairs to discover ‘trésors’, impressive! There was an open air classic opera concert beautifully performed, its is just perfect leisure time!
shilpi bansal (4 years ago)
It looks a very small cathedral from outside, but it’s a big one from inside. You can see different artifacts which describe the old time. There are also the chambers with a display of the clothes, the crockeries used, the price of art, the music room, prayer room etc.
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