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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Matteo De Leo (16 months ago)
Wonderful place for a 1-day trip
Jeff B (2 years ago)
Beautiful cathedral in the beautiful town of Vence. A great place to visit on a hot summerday to enjoy the rather cold atmosphere.
David Kenny (3 years ago)
Excellent Cathedral situated in the centre of Vence. It has a Mark Chagall mosaic under the rear window. Upstairs there is a large collection of exquisite 16th century wooden stations of the cross carvings, look out for the cheeky misericords. If you are lucky you might meet The exceptionally knowledgable female guide who will provide a comprehensive history to the collection.
Dhiresh Mistry (4 years ago)
It is called smallest cathedral in town. Tourist attraction point.
Monique Könning (4 years ago)
Beautiful cathedral in one of the most beatiful towns in France. It's a quiet place. If you don't believe, it's a great place to think. The facade is very colourful. The inside is very nice as well. The floor is beautiful. Take a seat on one of the benches and take a good look around. You'll love it. The mosaic at the baptisery, made by Chagall, is very colourful.
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