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Tranquil and calm

A very out-of-the-way place, well off the tourist radar except for the Picasso fans. Very small... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
tobedsaidted
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London, United Kingdom
This Eglise at 1 rue de l'Eglise is not the same place where Picasso stayed

Eglise Notre Dame de Vie is a beautiful church at 1 rue de l'Eglise in the Mougins old village... read more

Reviewed 11 June 2017
Tjikatu
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Connecticut
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Built on what was once a Roman temple dedicated to Diana and dating as a church from the 11th century, Notre Dame has had a facelift. Having fallen into disrepair, the restoration work carried out has returned it to its former Provencal self in a non-obtrusive way.
The chapel has been renovated and those of a religious disposition can go to mass there. A small museum tells the tale of the Roman families who once lived in the area and also recounts the story of the still-born babies brought to the church to be ‘resuscitated’ during the service and thus accorded grace. Their remains are buried in the small cemetery behind the church.
The cemetery was recognized as such when Bridget Guinness, wife of the brewer Benjamin Guinness, died. Their property was next to the church and the family was given dispensation for her to be buried there in 1931. Benjamin joined her in 1947.
One visitor to the Guinnesses was Winston Churchill who painted several watercolours of the church and its surroundings.
Another visitor was Pablo Picasso who bought his friends’ property in 1961 and lived there until his death in 1973. It is the 40th anniversary of Picasso’s death this year and Notre Dame is taking part in a series of exhibitions dotted around the Riviera. Entrance is free and there is a free car park.
If you look over the fence in the tiny cemetery you’ll be able to see Picasso’s ex-property, now owned by a Belgian family.
The church and its surroundings are very pleasant and if you have time you can walk down to the Font Merle Lake by turning right out of the church and then left. The water lilies are currently in bloom and there are waterfowl. The Siagne canal runs by if you want to continue your walk.
A visit to Notre Dame is a satisfying way to spend a late afternoon and one doesn’t have to be of a religious persuasion to enjoy it.

Date of experience: August 2013
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

A quaint church with great character. We liked the fact it was open at 9pm so wecouold lok round after our evening meal in Mougins.

Date of experience: July 2012
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