Phare de la Garoupe, lighthouse Antibes
a symbol of the city often overlook but not by a architecturally inclined eye with history genes.
The Phare de la garoupe is a nice walk in town of Antibes
The phare de La Garoupe or Lighthouse sits at the top of the plateau of la Garoupe on cap d'Antibes peninsula, stands the lighthouse that rises to an altitude of 103 meters. The height of the building is 29 meters.
It is one of the most powerful lighthouses of the Mediterranean coast, with a luminous intensity of 2 300 000 candela. its range is approximately 60 kilometers for the Navy and more than 100 kilometers to planes. It is also equipped with a beacon with a range of 180 km. The signal of fire consists of two successive white chips, over a period of 10 seconds. The bulb has a power of 500 watts. Fresnel lenses, Crystal, turning under the action of a small electric motor, on a bath of 60 liters of mercury. Although the weight of the optical is 2.5 tons, it can rotate hand effortlessly.
The reconstruction of the lighthouse was completed in 1948, the original building built in the 1830s was destroyed by the German military authorities during WWII (August 1944).
Below the lighthouse extends the forest of la Garoupe, a public domain of 9 acres acquired by the Conservatoire du littoral and managed by the municipality of Antibes.
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Fort Carré, Antibes
loving history and architecture even if passing by a town always impress with the beauty and number of them in France. This one is on the port,beach town of Antibes, and its open to the public.
a bit of history
The Fort Carré was built mid-16C under Henri II by Mr de Saint-Rémy. It has been slightly retouched end 17C under Louis XIV by Vauban.
During the wars of Italy, the Spanish sacked Antibes in 1524 and 1536, showing the fragility of this region. Henry II decided to build the fort Carré in a strategic location: the building is a sentinel for its panoramic view to monitor the border with the Duchy of Savoy.
The military engineer who built the first Fort Carré was Jean Renaud de Saint - Rémy he also called Mr de Saint-Rémy. The St. Lawrence chapel which stood on the Hill was destroyed on that occasion to give way to the military building and the name of St. Lawrence was retained for the central tower of the Fort Carré, which still today bears the name of 'tour '. St. Lawrence
The construction begins with that of the St. Lawrence, a truncated Dungeon tower containing the Italian 'torrionne' plan. It is an annular building surrounding a Court of 23 meters in diameter with doorways on the outside, partly high, armed with 6 guns protected by a wall of 4 meters thick.
At the end of the construction of the Tower, it is discovered that it could not resist in case of important siege. Between 1544 and 1546, the King François Ier gives letters of commission to Jean de Saint Rémy to study the fortifications of Provence. It applies to the building existing principles of fortifications as it did for the ramparts of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. He added 4 bastions tapered to place 21 guns. Access within the building is still medieval, with a high-pitched door placed under the fire of the orillons. The various elements collected in subsequent works agree to locate the beginning of work at the beginning of the years 1550, probably in 1553. All of the building is completed and operational in 1585.
The use of the fort Carré as a defensive structure extends over three centuries. Apart from its role of surveillance and deterrence, Fort Carré was attacked on two occasions:
-in 1591 during the wars of religion, the Duke Charles-Emmanuel Ier of Savoy made a breakthrough in Provence and takes the stronghold of Antibes without having to fight. The French army launched by Henri IV in the reconquest of Provence is the seat of Antibes and its fort in 1592. The duc d ' Épernon, who leads the headquarters eventually recapture the city and the fort. It is the sole military known Fort Carré; - in 1746/1747, during the war of Succession of Austria, the fort Carré and Antibes are bombarded by an artillery andEnglish fleet, but the stronghold held the seat.
Vauban did that very few reached Fort Carré. Visiting Antibes in the 1680s, he lists several plans and establishes a list of work to the defences of Antibes and its port, fort Carré. The silhouette of the building was in no way modified by Vauban, the current form of the fort carré remained almost that he was already in the 16C.
Nice and strong overlooking the city
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Antibes Mosque - Masjid
For those looking for prayer at a local mosque in Antibes, this is the only one I know off. French style villa building converted for congregational prayers.
Opposite Avenue Du midi.
17 Avenue Du Chataignier, 06600 , Antibes.
Just South of Antibes is the Cap d’Antibes - the rocky, wooded peninsula stretching into the Mediterranean sea. La Garoupe is the highest point of the peninsula. A trip to the Chapelle de la Garoupe is an unforgettable experience. Starting at the end of the Baie de la Garoupe, this walk is a charming and wild little path going around the Cape.
On the top of the hill we found the Sanctuary de la Garoupe (an old holy place with chapel and monastery). This place has been a spiritual place since the 5th century, when the Sainte-Hélène worship started. Small but very interesting church of Notre Dame de La Garoupe was built in the 16th century (it is also called Nôtre Dame des Amoureux).
The church has several nice icons including a 14th century Russian icon (captured in Sevastopol during the Crimean war in 1854). The church also has a collection of votive offering.
View from the terrace next to the church entry is breathtaking. The Orientation Table on the terrace contains the markings pointing to the important places (Nice, Antibes, Cannes etc). You can enjoy a panoramic view on the cape and the Mediterranean sea, going from the Lérins islands, the bay of Cannes, Juan les Pins, the old Antibes, the ramparts, and the Garoupe bay. For €1 one gets 5 minutes viewing time through the spyglass. Using it you can see for example the Baie des Anges resort where we stayed.
Nearby is the Phare de La Garoupe. The Lighthouse is one of the most powerful of the Riviera, it dominates the Cap and is to be seen from miles around. It is open to public and it is possible to climb on its top to enjoy a great view of the Cap at 3pm every afternoon.
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Enormous bushes of Aloe
For those who rush by, you won't even notice, but Irina immediately was amazed by the enormous bushes of Aloe that were growing on several places in the old town of Antibes, but especially along the boulevard Amiral de Grasse. This tropical fat-plant prooves the subtropical climat along the Cote d'Azur like nothing else, as it dies immediately after one nocturnal frost.
Cap Antibes and around the cape
Just South of Antibes is a peninsula shaped rock stretching into the mediterranean sea. On it many villa's and houses of the obviously quite wealthy. A few wonderful beaches are there, but very difficult to reach as for the limited parking facilities. On Cap Antibes one can find several green and beautiful gardens (Jardin Thuret) and the Sanctuary de la Garoupe (an old holy place with chapel and monastry). Rounding the cape one meets the museum Napoleon, in which a collection of memorabilia from his time as well as before.
Secret desert beaches!!
Actually, I am sorry but I would not tell where it is possible to find it.. cause if I do it won't anymore be the quiet place it is. I just can give a tip... do not be afraid to walk a bit away from town.
Have a walk in the Old part of...
Have a walk in the Old part of Antibes. Enjoy the beautiful old streets of "la commune libre du safranier", the lively provencal market (every morning in summer), and the view from la promenade de l'amiral de grasse.
Unless you prefer to mingle among most tourists on the overcrowded or overpriced private beaches you can enjoy peace and quiet in a beautiful environment just nearby
have fun ..
Daytrip to Biot
The town of Biot is an easy daytrip from Antibes, and has a totally different feel. For more information and photos, please check out my Biot travel page.
Get out on the water
If you can afford to, try to get out onto the sea - it's absolutely gorgeous! I didn't do this myself, but I found wishing many times that I had a rich uncle with a sailboat...
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Visit the beach that the locals frequent, it is by the harbour...the French being French, you never know what you might see...