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The French Riviera Sights

Chapelle du Rosaire (Chapel of the Rosary)

  • 466 Av. Henri-Matisse Map It
  • Vence
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 12/19/2013

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On the outskirts of "new" Vence, toward St-Jeannet is the Chapelle du Rosaire, better known to the world-at-large as the Matisse Chapel. The artist decorated it with beguiling simplicity and clarity between 1947 and 1951 as his gift to nuns who had nursed him through illness. It reflects the reductivist style of the era: walls, floor, and ceiling are gleaming white, and the small stained-glass windows are cool greens and blues. "Despite its imperfections I think it is

my masterpiece... the result of a lifetime devoted to the search for truth," wrote Matisse, who designed and dedicated the chapel when he was in his 80s and nearly blind.

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Sight Information


466 Av. Henri-Matisse, Vence, 06140, France

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Sight Details:

  • €5
  • Tues. and Thurs. 10–11:30 and 2–5:30, Mon., Wed. and Sat. 2–5:30; Sun Mass at 10. Closed mid-Nov.–Dec.

Updated 12/19/2013


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