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Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild – one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces on the Côte d’Azur

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, also called Villa Île-de-France, is one of the most beautiful Renaissance palaces on the Côte d’Azur built on a summit of the Cap Ferrat peninsula between 1905 and 1912 in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat by Baroness Béatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild (1864-1934).

The villa was designed by the French architect Aaron Messiah, and constructed between 1905 …

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Mougins old village and its arts history

Mougins (fr. Mougins) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.

It is located on the heights of Cannes, in the district of Grasse. Tourism is mainly developed in art: gastronomy and artists’ exhibitions (painters and sculptors). Its strategic location makes Mougins a common “crossroads” between the agglomerations of Cannes and Grasse connected to …

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The Abbey of Caunes-Minervois founded in 780

The Abbey of Caunes-Minervois (fr. Abbaye Saint-Pierre-Saint-Paul de Caunes-Minervois) crosses time, from its famous Romanesque bedside to the Maurist cloister. You can also visit the archaeological remains of the medieval cloister and the Carolingian church founded in 790. Since 2015, the convent buildings have housed comic books, in partnership with the Brussels Comic Museum (CBBD).

The …

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Minerve is in the list of “The Most Beautiful Villages Of France”

Minerve (fr. Minerve, Occitan: Menèrba) is a commune in the Hérault department in the Occitanie region in southern France. Nestled between two canyons covered in Mediterranean garrigue, Minerve is an imposing Cathar medieval city, listed among the most beautiful villages of France (Les Plus Beaux Villages de France).

Built by the Viscounts of Minerve, the village …

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Gellone Abbey – UNESCO heritage

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert Abbey or Gellone Abbey (fr. L’abbaye de Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert ou abbaye Saint-Sauveur de Gellone) is a Benedictine abbey in Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Hérault in France, 40 km from Montpellier. It was founded in 804 by an Aquitanian aristocrat of the Carolingian era, William of Gellone (742-812), known in Occitan as ‘Guilhelm’.

It was listed as a historic monument …

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Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory – the only remaining monastery of the Order of Grandmont entirely preserved

Saint-Michel de Grandmont Priory (fr. Prieuré Saint-Michel de Grandmont) is a former monastery of Grandmontine in the commune of Saint-Privat, in Hérault, France. The priory is located in a wild area in heart of an oak forest, about 10 km from Lodève, 70 km from Béziers, 60 km from Montpellier.

It is the only remaining monastery …

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The Collegiate Church of Saint-Paul and its bells

The Collegiate Church of Saint-Paul (fr. Collégiale Saint-Paul de Clermont-l’Hérault)  is a Catholic church located in Clermont-l’Hérault, France1.

It has a beautiful interior, as well as aisles, something rare in southern Gothic. It has a large rose on the front.

The collegiate church has five bells:

The first bell, which weighs almost 2 tonnes and was melted in …

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