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. Make Chapelle du Rosaire a centerpiece of your Vence vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Vence itinerary planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Evocative, almost ascetic simplicity. Very nice Museum where there are studies of Matisse for representations of the chapel. The guide describes the chapel with long transportation in English and French. It is best to visit before the Museum to fully understand the creative labor behind the chapel's representations that are exciting and they just cut to the heart. You have to Park down the street and places are less than 20.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Absolutely fabulous. Little hidden gem by Matisse, somewhere in the hills, quite incredible. A must do for anyone who loves art.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Arrived at 11.48 but they wouldn't let us in as their lunch is more important than visitors. Close at 12! I've long wanted to see matisse's chapel so we returned at 3pm The actual apace is disappointi...  more »
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  • September 29, 2016
    Beautiful and tranquil place to pray/reflect and meditate. Combination of colours and shapes create a calm and soothing atmosphere.
  • March 31, 2016
    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.
  • July 26, 2014
    the simplicity and love that Mattise put into this work of art, hold a special place in my mind forever. What a beautiful experience along our tour of artist homes.
  • June 14, 2016
    I think photography should be allowed bearing in mind the admission charge
  • October 30, 2016
    Amazing to visit

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