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The old village of Roquebrune|Photo Gilbert BochenekView of the old village of Roquebrune|Photo XilowRue du village of Roquebrune|Photo Berthold WernerThe castle of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin|Photo Guy LebThe millennial olive tree in Roquebrune|Photo Simon EdlesteinLe Corbusier's cabanon|Photo Simon Edlestein

Roquebrune and Cap-Martin

The splendour of palaces-like mansions reminds us that in Roquebrune and Cap-Martin crowned heads, writers and artists have come to seek inspiration and rest. It was able to meet with Winston Churchill and Coco Chanel, Sacha Guitry, Jacques Brel, Le Corbusier, Eileen Gray. From the edge of the sea to the old village of Roquebrune, history is everywhere present to the delight of lovers of architecture or the nostalgic of the Belle Epoque.

Brief summary of history

With the invasions of the Lombards in the 7th century and the Saracens in the 10th, all traces of civilization disappears. The country was reborn after the liberation of the coastline by the count of Arles, Guillaume, which expels the Saracens in 978. Charles Ier Grimaldi bought the lordship of Roquebrune in 1355.

From the 15th century to 1792, Roquebrune will form a State which, in the 17th century, will take the name of Principality of Monaco with Monaco and Menton. In 1861 Roquebrune and Menton become truly French, the Government of Napoleon III paid to the Principality of Monaco four million gold francs in Exchange for transfer to France of the towns of Menton and Roquebrune on which it held rights.

A see at Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

The castle of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
Roquebrune-Cap-Martin Castle (Château Grimaldi) is a medieval fortification. It is built at the end of the 10th century by the comte de Vintimille Conrad Ier to prevent the Saracens to settle again in the region. The former Dungeon is the oldest of France is 26 meters. The walls have all the elements of defence: of the embrasures of canon, machicolations, arrow slits, slots, and archieres.

The mausoleum of Lumone
The mausoleum of Lumone is a Roman funerary monument located on the ancient via Julia Augusta. It was probably built in the 1st century a.d. The decoration of the monument, probably intended for a major character is neat. The decor and the form are of a rare type that we know hardly to Ostia in Italy in the 1st century.

The millennial olive tree
On the way of Chin, stands one of the most remarkable trees of France. The millennial olive tree is considered to be one of the oldest in the world. He reached a circumference of 16 meters and a height of 13 meters. It would have been planted there more than 2'000 years. According to other sources, it would have between 2,500 to 2 800 years.

The villas of the coast
The villa E 1027 is an example type of modernist architecture of the 1930s, it was built by architects Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici. The villa Torre Clementina is erected in 1904 along the coastal path, its remarkable gardens were created by the Italian artist Raffaele Mainella. The villa Casa del Mare, built in 1904 by Hans-Georg Tersling style Louis XVI, Italian actress Silvana Mangano lived there in the 1950s.

Le Corbusier's cabanon

The Corbusier's Cabanon is the archetype of the minimum cell, based on an ergonomic and functionalist approach. Located on the waterfront trail, it is a small wooden construction covered with a roof in a pan. In an area of 15 m², Le Corbusier has a corner-repos, a working corner, a corner toilet and a sink. The furniture is reduced to a bed, a table, and some storage.

The shed represents the culmination of the architect Le Corbusier from research on the concept of minimum unit which is located in the heart of the concerns of modern architects of the 20th century and which revives the myth of the primitive hut. Contact: tel. 33 0 (4) 93 35 62 87.

Useful information :

Address :
06190 Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

Good to know :
Office de Tourisme de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin 218 Avenue Aristide Briand 06190 Roquebrune-Cap-Martin Tel. 33 (0) 4 93 35 62 87

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