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“A very personal artistic expression”

Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs
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“A very personal artistic expression”
Reviewed 7 March 2013

It is clear that Cocteau had a great fondness for this town and its fishermen, as he incorporated representations of the people and the Citadelle of Villefranche sur Mer into his line drawings which fill this sweet little chapel. Admission is just 2 and a half euros, and the attendant will answer any questions you may have about the chapel and Cocteau.

The art is charming and a bit odd, typical of Cocteau. A highlight, for me, was his representation of jazz guitarist Django Reinhart on the gypsy wall (on the right as you enter). An additional highlight was that I was able to take my dog into this attraction with me!

If you like this church, I would suggest a visit to Vence to see the little chapel designed and painted by Matisse. If you like Cocteau, there is a museum dedicated to his art in Menton, a short bus or train ride toward Italy.

Visited February 2013
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“Beautifully decorated”
Reviewed 31 October 2012

This chapel is small so can be visited for a short visit, However is is better to sit and really study all the work on the walls, ceiling and door It's very beautiful.The attendant was describing all the decor in detail to two visitors and she seemed knowledgeable and approachable

Visited October 2012
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Tallinn
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“More of Jean Cocteau Nearby”
Reviewed 26 March 2012

If you are passing through Villefranche and visit the tiny chapel of St-Pierre and if you are taken up with Jean Cocteau's art, you might want to ask the docent about a nearby private home named Villa Santo Sospir which features a huge collection of drawings by Cocteau. She can make arrangements for a visit of this home owned by a well-to-do Paris banker whose wife housed Cocteau for many years and invited him to decorate her walls and furniture. It is a riot of black on white drawings and brightly coloured scenes and is ably commented by the man who was her nurse in her latter years. All of this can serve as an apt lead-in to the new Jean Cocteau museum in Menton.

Visited September 2011
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Bologna, Italy
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“Chapelle Saint Pierre - Christ and the fishermen on the harbourside of Villefranche”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

This tiny chapel, decorated in 1956 by Jean Cocteau with Biblical scenes interpreting the theme of Christ and the fisherman, was intended as a tribute to the fishermen of Villefranche. Strange though it may seem, the fishermen themselves were strongly opposed to the idea, as they used the Chapel as a storeroom for their nets and tackle. Fortunately Cocteau managed to win them over, and today you can admire one of his most celebrated works of art here in Villefranche. The Chapel is located on the right just as you get down to the harbourside, with the Hotel Welcome on your left, and it is so small that it is easy to miss. Admission fee: 2.50 euros.

Visited August 2011
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“Jean Cocteau restored and painted this hidden gem.”
Reviewed 9 September 2011

While we were ported at Villefranche, France this summer, I made an amazing discovery. There is lovely little chapel near the harbor called Chapelle Saint-Pierre which was restored and painted by Jean Cocteau. Cocteau had a love affair with the sea and mariners. He lived in Villefranche and worked on this church for over a year, covering the inside with his murals.
There is an entrance fee of 2.50 euros (at the time) with an attendant and strictly no pictures. They do sell a good selection of postcards of the murals, so take some spare change!

Visited August 2011
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