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“More of Jean Cocteau Nearby” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs

Chapelle de Saint Pierre des Pecheurs
Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
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“More of Jean Cocteau Nearby”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 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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“Chapelle Saint Pierre - Christ and the fishermen on the harbourside of Villefranche”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 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.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 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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“A beautiful serene chapel on the quay side.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2011

The village of Villefranche is famous for several things. It's deep natural harbour, the swing of the bay and its pebbly beach, the colourful ancient village with its covered medieval streets, its sea food restaurants, the citadel from where you have stunning views over the area and the Chapel Saint Pierre. My family are from this part of France- Nice to be precise, only 10 mins on the little train which stops behind the beach, making this village easy to get to.
The Chapelle Saint Pierre dates back to the 16th C. It was used to store the local fishermen's nets during the 19th and early 20th century- it is ideally situated right on the quayside. It was restored in the 1950's and Jean Cocteau redecorated it in 1957. His theme is the life of St Peter, and it is painted in subtle colours. There are stunning scenes depicting the women of Villefranche and gypsies. Fishing nets remind one that Jesus not only fished for fish but for the souls of mankind.
Well worth a visit!
Spend the day-have meal, a swim, a wander around the old village, visit the Eglise St Michel, visit the citadel and walk along the sea front.

Visited July 2011
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