History & Heritage

Medieval walls encircle narrow streets and capture the heritage of more than a thousand years. Picking out the marks of history, either alone or with a guide, is to enter into the soul of Saint-Paul de Vence.

The fountain at the heart of the village fills St-Paul's medieval vaults with music. To quote the poet Verlaine: "The fountain's silvery murmur plays on."

The cobbles on rue Grande

The streets of Saint-Paul de Vence were bare until the beginning of the 1950s, when Mayor Marius Issert had them laid with cobbles positioned on their sides in the Provencal tradition. 

The first cobbles came from the beach at Cagnes sur Mer.

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