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The old town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence and the Foundation for Mayo: photo description (Vieux Saint Paul de Vence)

The historical part of the old town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence in the South of France is surrounded by walls built in the XVI century by order of king Francis I. It was at this time applies the current appearance of the old Saint-Paul, although the first settlement here was founded much earlier, at the end of the first Millennium. The village was built by the inhabitants of the coast, who, escaping from the raids of the Saracens, decided to climb higher into the mountains and make their homes impenetrable.

In the old part of the city is dominated by houses built in XVI-XVII centuries. Despite their age, they are all residential buildings or cafés and shops. The streets of old Saint-Paul are mostly narrow, and the entrance to the historical part of the city are wrought iron gates, behind which you can find the magnificent building of the Cathedral, the chapel of the brotherhood of white penitents, the fountains and the square, recognized the world's smallest.

The main attractions of the town of Saint-Paul-de-Vence associated with artists, primarily painters. Some of them like Marc Chagall, Auguste Rodin, Wassily Kandinsky and Henri Matisse, lived in St. Paul for some time and even contributed in the design of local streets. For example, on the streets, you can see sculptures by Rodin. Marc Chagall fell in love with Saint-Paul even spent the last years of his life and was buried in the local cemetery.

The center of gravity of Bohemia in Saint-Paul hotel was the Golden dove, which opened in the 20-ies of the last century. The owner allowed their guests to pay with paintings. And after twenty years of "Dove" was a very popular institution, decorated with works by Chagall, Jean Cocteau, Raoul Dufy, Amedeo Modigliani and other artists who came to St. Paul for inspiration and beautiful scenery.

Another cultural attraction in Saint-Paul is fond of Mayo. In this private gallery, located outside the village in a grove of pine trees, preserves works of art of the twentieth century. This Museum is also called the "Louvre on the French Riviera". Building Fund created by the Spanish architect Jose Luis Sert.