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  • 1 St-Michel-Archange basilica Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Parvis St-Michel

    This Baroque church with a two-storey yellow and pale green façade is the largest in the region. The Latin Cross interior, inspired by the Annunziata basilica in Genoa, has been decorated in sumptuous style by Menton artists such as Puppo and Vento. ..

  • 2 Jardin Serre de la Madonne Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    74 val de Gorbio

    This large sloping garden was created over the years from 1924 and 1930 by the "gentleman gardener " Lawrence Johnston and has belonged to the Conservatoire du Littoral (coastal protection body) since 1999. A soothing and refreshing atmosph..

  • 3 Val Rameh exotic botanical garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Chemin de St-Jacques

    This terraced garden contains over 700 plant species from Australia, Asia and America, including citrus fruit, passionflowers, guavas and avocados. Created by an Englishman in around 1930, it is managed and maintained today by the Muséum d'Histoire N..

  • 4 Palais Carnolès Museum of Fine Art Interesting

    Museums and art

    3 avenue de la Madone

    The former summer residence of the Princes of Monaco contains a permanent exhibition of work by artists from the 12 to the 15C (Louis Bréa) as well as modern paintings (Picabia, Dufy, Gleizes and Delvaux). The citrus garden contains contemporary scul..

  • 5 Jean Cocteau Museum - Séverin Wunderman Collection Interesting

    Museums and art

    2 quai de Monléon

    This museum, the second dedicated to Cocteau in the town of Menton, opened in 2011, thanks to an exceptional donation from Séverin Wunderman (1938-2008). The American had accumulated works by Cocteau and other masters of modern art (Picasso, Modiglia..

  • 6 Chapel of the Conception

    Religious buildings

    Parvis St-Michel

    The Chapel of the White Penitents underwent considerable restoration work in the 19C. The façade has garlands of stucco flowers with a basket-handle pediment surmounted by the three theological virtues.

  • 7 Sablettes beach

    Nature and gardens

    quai Bonaparte

    This pebble beach is backed by the seafront promenade and quai Bonaparte, giving it a pleasant view of the old town. A monumental staircase leads up to the square in front of Saint-Michel church.

  • 8 Old harbour

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Gordon-Bennett

    The Vieux Port (old harbour), enclosed by quai Napoléon III and jetée Impératrice Eugénie, is used by pleasure and fishing boats. At the far end is a sculpture by Volti. Good view of Menton's old quarter.

  • 9 Romanciers' Garden (villa Fontana Rosa)

    Nature and gardens

    avenue Blasco-Ibanez

    This villa was created in 1921 by the author of Sang et Lumières, Vicente Blasco Ibanez. The azulejos on the porch represent great names in Spanish literature and the gardens with their ceramic-clad summer house, benches and ponds have a particularly..

  • 10 Maria Serena garden

    Nature and gardens

    21 promenade Reine-Astrid

    Charles Garnier built this villa for Ferdinand de Lesseps, the architect of the Suez Canal. The garden has a lovely collection of palm trees.

  • 11 Parc du Pian olive grove

    Nature and gardens

    bd de Garavan

    This vast olive grove contains over 500 100-year-old olive trees.

  • 12 Town hall wedding room

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Ardoïno

    The Salle des Mariages (wedding room) in the Italianate Hôtel de Ville (town hall) was decorated by Jean Cocteau on the theme of Orpheus and Eurydice.

  • 13 Russian Orthodox church

    Religious buildings

    14 rue Paul-Morillot

    This small Russian church was built by Danish architect Tersling in 1812. The interior is richly decorated in frescoes by Prince Gagarin and numerous icons.

  • 14 Musée Jean Cocteau

    Museums and art

    Quai Napoléon-III

    This historical museum is housed in a small 17C fort built into the seawall. Cocteau himself restored and transformed it between 1958 and 1963 with a view, in particular, to housing his romantic drawings, Innamorati; he wanted the series to be kept i..

  • 15 Musée de Préhistoire Régionale

    Museums and art

    Rue Lorédan-Larchey

    A fascinating insight into prehistoric people based on discoveries made during excavations by a local naturalist, Bonfils. The building was constructed in 1909 by the architect Adrien Rey. Menton folk arts and traditions are presented on the first fl..

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  • 17 Vieux Château Cemetery

    Religious buildings

    r. du Vieux-Château

    The cemetery is composed of superimposed terraces, each devoted to a different nationality or region. In the «rich Anglo-Saxon visitors» section, note the tomb of Reverend Webb Ellis, the inventor of rugby, and also a few Russian princes with legenda..

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