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    Basilique St-Michel

    by call_me_rhia Updated Nov 15, 2008

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    Basilique St-Michel is a Baroque Basilique located on a delightful square called Parvis St-Michel and covered with pebblestones in mosaic style. You can see its 53 metres high bell tower (built in 1701) from everywhere in Menton.

    The basilique is open every day from 10 to midday and in the afternoon from 3 to 5. The nave and chapels are covered in frescoes and contain several works by Genovese artists. Not to miss is the 17th-century organ and the grimaldi coats of arm - dating back to the time when Menton was part of the Grimaldi's reign.

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    Chapelle de Pénitents Blancs

    by call_me_rhia Updated Nov 15, 2008

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    Chapelle de P��nitents Blancs

    Long before funeral houses existed, there used to be charities, companies and brotherhoods that helped the sick and the dying. The members of these groups were known as penitents or brothers - hence the name Chapelle de Pénitents Blancs - Chapel of the white penitents.

    The white penitents had their headquarter in this chapel in pure Baroque style, which dates back to 1687. Though nothing to write home about if seen from outside, inside it's a true delight: you can see some fine ornate gilt lanterns that the penitents carried in processions and, over the altar, a truly wonderful and large trompe l'oeil. One of the best I have ever seen. Photography, unfortunately, is not allowed.

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    Place aux Herbes

    by call_me_rhia Updated Nov 14, 2008

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    The Place aux Herbes - the herbs' square - is a little and delightful corner of old Menton. it is located in the heart of the old town, with the pedestrian shopping street Rue Saint Michel on one side. Opposite Rue Saint Michel, on the other side of the square, there's an improbable arched wall. The other two sides of the square are occupied by restaurants. In the middle there's a quaint and old little fountain.

    The name of this square suggests that in the past a herbs market used to take place here. Herbs are no longer sold, here, but the market tradition is carried on every Friday, where there's a flea market selling old objects and antiquities.

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    musee cocteau

    by call_me_rhia Updated Nov 14, 2008

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    When lving in Menton Jean Cocteau decorated the wedding hall inside the town hall - and once he was finished, he thought he wanted to decorate some other building. He then chose the decaying bastion/fort along the sea promenade and restored it. While he was busy carrying out his restoration works, he knew that he wanted this bastion to become his museum - so he planned the inside spaces accordingly.

    When you visit it you will see some really interesting tapestries and an impressive staircase. There are also drawings, ceramics and pastels. Outside the bastion, by the museum's entrance, there are some really fine mosaics made with simple white and grey pebble stones - possibly a homage to the pavements mosaics that you can see near the cathedral.

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    The Bastion

    by call_me_rhia Updated Nov 9, 2008

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    The Bastion is actualy not really a bastion but a small fort crowned with four tiny watchtowers which dates back to 1619. It was built by Honoré II, Prince of Monaco, and its purpose was that of defending the bay of Menton.

    At some point the fort was abandoned, until the artist Cocteau decided to restore it and use it as its studio. The authorities gave him permission, of course - so the tower was saved.

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    Take notice of the interesting/stylish buildings

    by angiebabe Written Apr 13, 2008

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    I didnt have a lot of time in Menton - wanted to at least have been there plus see the Citron Festival - and the first thing I noticed driving in following the signs to the town centre were the attractive buildings!

    This is apparently the influence of the close proximity of the Italian neighbours!

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    Mentron Citron Festival

    by angiebabe Written Apr 11, 2008

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    This festival has such a popular parade with it - the local tourist offices have the schedules for whats happening over the festival - but the traffic heading away from Menton was bumper to bumper for truly miles after the parade ended! - with much of it being huge buses.

    There is also an enclosed exhibition area of creatures and other exhibits made of oranges and lemons - postcards for sale showing these so they are a major part of the festival - a bit pricey to get in (12 euro was advertised on the brochure I had!) but a guy on one of the doors was kind and let me for free!

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    Visit Saint Michael's Church

    by Doug767 Written Jun 16, 2006

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    Stands in the heart of the 'Old Town', towering over and dominating Mentons landscape.
    Some of the designs have significant meanings, the lozenges evoke the Grimaldi Family, the round shaped 'H' are the initials of Prince Honore III (1720 - 1795) who commissioned the building of the square.
    Because of financial problems, the church was started in 1640 and completed in 1653 (consecration May 8th 1675)
    Saint Michael is the patron Saint of Menton (together with Parachutists, coopers, hatters, grocers and wafer makers)

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    Basilica Saint-Michel

    by TRimer Updated Jul 25, 2005

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    Church

    This baroque church dominates the town. The basilica, which is surrounded by sun-drenched roofs, ancient terraced walls and massive doorways and gateways has a pastel-colored facade and overlooks the port and the sea. The bell-tower is covered with vanished roof-tiles.

    Inside the church are the tombs of the great families of the town.

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    Le Vieux Port

    by TRimer Updated Jul 25, 2005

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    Menton Port

    The Bastion, home to the Jean Cocteau Museum, is situation at the port's entrance. The restaurants along the water offer a wonderful variety of fresh fish which are caught daily by the local Menton fishermen.

    The beach right next to the port has a lot of restuarants and activities for both tourists and locals. There are even trampolines for the children here.

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    Regional Prehistory Museum

    by Polly74 Written Jun 28, 2005

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    The museum

    Menton's Musée de préhistoire Régionale is located two blocks northeast of the town hall (Mairie), at the top of the Rue Loredan-Larchey. The interior is fairly small (by big-city standards) but the presentations are outstanding. And the prehistoric history displayed is based around local discoveries in the caves of Vallonet, Lazaret and Grimaldi – with also the Vallée de Merveilles (Mercantour) and the Terra Amata site of Nice.

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    Palais de l'Europe

    by Polly74 Written Jun 28, 2005

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    Palais de l'Europe

    This art gallery exhibits French and foreign contemporary artists. Located in the old casino, constructed in 1908-09 by the Danish architect Hans Georg Tersling.

    Here you can also find the Tourist Office.

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    Palais de l'Europe

    by Polly74 Written Jun 28, 2005
    Palais de l'Europe

    This art gallery exhibits French and foreign contemporary artists. Located in the old casino, constructed in 1908-09 by the Danish architect Hans Georg Tersling.

    Here you can also find the Tourist Office.

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    Palais Carnolès

    by Polly74 Written Jun 28, 2005

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    Lemon trees

    Once the residence of the Princes of Monaco, this Palace can be reached through a path bordered with majestic Palm-trees from the Canaries Islands (Palmier des Canaries).
    It is a peaceful place in the Renaissance Italian style.
    This Palace is now Menton's Modern Art Museum. Its gardens include - among others - a rose-nursery and the largest Citrus-trees collection in Europe with over 400 trees of 50 different species (Lemon trees, Orange-trees, Mandarin-trees, Clementine-trees, Pineapple-trees...).
    Among fruit trees you can also find old Palm-trees, Cocculus, Podocarpus, Pinus pinea and sculptures of famous artists and numerous flowers in this wonderful place.

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    The " Serre de la Madone " garden

    by Polly74 Written Jun 28, 2005

    A " Serre " is a long narrow ridge of a mountain.
    This is the only garden ever created by Major Lawrence Johnston. It was built between 1924 and 1958. A list has been made of all the components of this garden, among which, about 1500 rare species could not really be well established and are still much debated upon.
    Indeed, they are unique. Besides a " botanic-point of view " interest, the " Serre de la Madone " garden remains exceptional conception: it is structured with numerous terraces themselves suspended over stone low walls. Surprisingly enough, it does not overlook the sea just to highlight its botanic richness.

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