/ / Le Suquet: photos, description (Le Suquet)

Le Suquet: photos, description (Le Suquet)

Le Suquet is Cannes Old, a high hill above the town, where the confusion of narrow streets feels the breath of centuries.

The elevation of sixty-six metres since ancient times inhabit the tribes of the Ligurians, mention of which is in Greek and Latin written sources. It was the Ligurians called this place "Canoa" ("high" or "peak"), thereby giving the name of the future city.

This land in turn was owned by the Romans, the Visigoths, the Ostrogoths. In the middle ages the counts of Provence sought to strengthen the strategic height, to use it to control the surrounding countryside and the nearby sea route. The fortress on the top of Le Suquet began to build the legendary Guillaume I the Liberator in the X century. In 1080 Lerinskoe Abbey began to erect a strong tower, only completed in the fourteenth century. It towers over Le Suquet today. Here, at the top of the hill - remains of the medieval castle and the ancient chapel of St. Anne, which now houses the castle Museum Castres. In the square next to Catholic Church Notre Dame de l'esperance (our lady of Hope, which is almost four hundred years. Every year in the second half of July near this temple is a classical music festival Nights Suquet".

At the foot of the hill on Rue Forville is a small private Museum Moulin Forville, telling about the culture of Provence. It is located in a former Creamery, where they pressed the oil from olives. Near the market, and opposite it is one of the oldest buildings in Cannes, the Catholic chapel of Mercy of the XVII century, very simple and severe.

The district of Le Suquet (sometimes called Mont-Chevalier) is small, but extremely diverse. From the South, East, West castle Castres surrounded by streets with low provençal houses, the Windows have traditional green shutters, first floor garages. Here sparsely populated, quiet. Otherwise - in the Northern part of the hill, where the pedestrian streets of Saint-Antoine and Le Suquet is full of charming tourist shops and restaurants hum with life. But a little step to the side (say, on the street coast-Koray) - and again silence, winding along the balconies of the grapes, the old lights on the houses, running down from the hill streets of the stairs. The beautiful names of these streets: the Relief is High, the Passage to the Tower.

In this sleepy town could be heard the sound of the helicopter landing: at the foot of the hill, on the pier in the Old port is the current helipad. However, the helicopter flies away, and the streets of the ancient Suquet again immersed in sultry languor.