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Notre Dame de Vie Chapel

It is said that “the whole world has come here to admire the Chapel,” from musicians Mstislav Rostropovitch and Arthur Rubinstein to Charlie Chaplin, Jean Cocteau and Winston Churchill.

It is on this admirable site that Picasso ended his life, in his estate, dubbed the Minotaur’s lair (L'Antre du Minotaure), near the Chapel.

The landscape evokes those of Tuscany: tall Florentine cypress trees and a perspective with gentle wooded hills.

A listed Historic Building since 1927, the chapel, first erected in the 12th century, was rebuilt in 1655 following a slightly expanded version of its initial structure.

Basically a rectangle with a nave constituted by a main vessel and increased by a secondary vessel, its walls covered with votive plaques attest to the popularity of the Virgin Mary as intercessor for Mougins.

Until 1730, the site was a sanctuary where neighbouring families came to have their stillborn babies baptised.

Picasso was charmed by the cypress-lined path, the structure of the façade and its discrete oculus, the Priory, its modest wooden door and atmosphere.

It is said that “the whole world has come here to admire the Chapel,” from musicians Mstislav Rostropovitch and Arthur Rubinstein to Charlie Chaplin, Jean Cocteau and Winston Churchill.

In 2012, the City of Mougins restored the site with support from the PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) Region, DRAC PACA, the Alpes-Maritimes General Council and many donors who participated in the public fund with the Heritage Foundation (Fondation du Patrimoine).

The Garden and tomb

In 1931, a monumental tomb was built for the Guinness family in the garden. This is where was buried Bridget, wife of Benjamin Seymour Guinness, who died in her neighbouring residence, Le Mas Notre-Dame-de-Vie.

Pratical Information :
Opening of the chapel and museum « Trésor de ND de Vie » :

  • Every day in July and August from 10am to 12.30pm - 2am to 7pm.
  • All weekends in May, June and September from 10am to 12.30pm - 2am to 7pm.
  • Sunday from October to April, from 10am to 4pm.

More information : http://ville-mougins.fr/tourisme/images/stories/culture/promenade-autour...

 

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