Chapelle du Rosaire, Vence

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A masterpiece designed by Henri Matisse, Chapelle du Rosaire is a monument of sacred art. The then-crippled artist designed the L-shaped church at the request of his former nurse, who had become a Dominican nun. Take time to examine the artist's various works and favorite objects, including stained glass, murals, stations of the cross, ceramics, objects of worship, and vestments. The structure is unassuming from the front--until you notice the 12 m (39 ft) crescent-adorned cross rising from the white and blue tiled roof. Stop in the gallery to learn about the chapel's design and construction from 1949 to 1951. To visit Chapelle du Rosaire and get the most from your holiday in Vence, create itinerary details personal to you using our Vence online trip planner .
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  • Beautiful place! My daughters, aged 6, 9 and 11, and I fully enjoyed the church and the art. Only thing missing was a café...  more »
  • From Nice bus 400 and for €3 A/R to see a wonder. Small but splendid with a museum attached. Explanation and sketch...
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  • Tag lines pouring his later Matisse, made, don't lie. While watching the altar arranged into making everything enclosed in Matisse's sensibility, its view of the world can feel from the front green stained glass and murals of serious, this man was a pure and nice people I thought
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  • To truly appreciate this place, some knowledge of the art style and concept of Matisse's final years can be very helpful. I visited this beautiful chapel with a school group, and we had a charming lady who worked there giving us a very nice introduction of the chapel with great passion. It's a pity no photos are allowed inside, but it allows you to truly immerse in the atmosphere. It's also very interesting to see Matisse's different designs for the chapel's wall paintings. The view from the garden is beautiful.
  • The Rosary Chapel designed by Henri Matisse is a most beautiful and tranquil place to pray/reflect and meditate. The combination of colours and shapes create a calm and soothing atmosphere. The Chapel can be found on the road out of Vence about ten minutes walk. From the Chapel you get a good view of Vence
  • Please see my latest novel: "Murdering Matisse," available via Amazon.
  • Come here only if you know matisse's life story and how he ends up creating this chapel.
  • While Matisse was a master of minimalism, this chapel takes it to the extreme. Beside a couple painted walls, there isn't much of Matisse here. Not worth the price of admission. There is a good view of Vence though from the garden.

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