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“Small but perfectly formed” 5 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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Edinburgh, Scotland
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“Small but perfectly formed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

A must see in villefranche. Essentially a one room chapel but what a room! The figures seem to spring from the walls. Sadly no pictures but you can buy fantastic postcards. Opposite is the hotel welcome where Cocteau used to stay and is a good place for refreshment after your visit.

Visited April 2013
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“Unexpected surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

What a wonderful, hidden gem! I guess it's not really hidden -- it's just that you can't really know by the modest exterior of this little chapel what's inside..... Wonderful art -- contemplative -- simple, but complex... Worth the time and money to see.

Visited March 2013
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“A very personal artistic expression”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 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”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 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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“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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