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L'Eglise Notre-Dame-de l'Assomption and the Cemetery

L'Eglise Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption Photo, Eze, France

This church, dated from the late 1700s. It is highly recognizable on the rises of Eze village, situated near the top. Its unmistakable bright yellow colour draws you near.

"The stripped facade of the Church Notre-Dame-de l'Assomption, the building of which began in 1764 and which was consecrated in 1772, contrasts strongly with the magnificence of its nave. The nave and the choir are remarkable thanks to their baroque decoration and the paintings in tromple-l'oeil. Inside the church, an Egyptian cross reminds us that the roots of the village date back to the time when the mysterious godess Isis was worshiped. The Phoenicians are said to have erected a temple in her honour."--quoted from Welcome to Côte d'Azur

The inside of the church is in contrast to the plain yellow and white building outside. You would never think that this plain building can hold such beautiful treasures. It is gold-gilded with heavenly images above the altar. There are ancient, yet beautiful, paintings scattered around the church. The church exudes a very strong Baroque impression upon you.

Outside, near the church, you will find a tiny cemetery. Its claim to fame seems to be Francis Blanche, a famous French comic actor who was buried here back in 1974.

Besides this church, you will also find The Chapel of Sainte Croix (also known as Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs) in Eze which dates back to the 1300s. It is claimed to be the oldest building in this ancient village. Unfortunately, we didn't go into this chapel. Something to put on the list for next time!

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