The Saint-Pierre Chapel, Jean Cocteau Chapel

This 14th century Romanesque chapel is dedicated to Saint Peter, patron saint of fishermen.
At the beginning, it was a place of worship, but later it was used as a storehouse for fishing equipment, especially nets. It also houses the prud'homie of the fishermen. 

In 1957, after many stays at the Welcome Hotel, Jean Cocteau, writer, film-maker and painter decided, with the fishermen's agreement, to redecorate the chapel, both inside and out, as a sign of friendship.
Today, one can discover passages from the life of Saint Peter, the candlesticks of the apocalypse, baked in the ovens of Valbonne, local scenes, tributes to the Saintes-Maries de la Mer and the Demoiselles de Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Charlie Chaplin visited the chapel with Jean Cocteau on July 18, 1957. It was inaugurated with a mass on June 30, 1957 and still belongs to the fishermen's association of Villefranche.

This chapel has been classified as a historical monument since December 27, 1996 and received the label "Heritage of the 20th century" on March 1, 2001.


The chapel can be visited.

 

Saint-Pierre Chapel

1, quai Courbet

06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer

Tel: 04 93 76 90 70


http://www.villefranche-sur-mer.com

 

 


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La chapelle saint-pierre, villefranche sur mer

Chapelle Saint-Pierre, Villefranche-sur-Mer: Edition bilingue

Sur les rives de la rade de Villefranche-sur-Mer s’élève une ancienne chapelle, appartenant de temps immémorial à la Confrérie des Pêcheurs de la localité. Utilisée comme entrepôt pendant des décennies, après avoir abrité la prud’hommie des pêcheurs, elle est sans grand intérêt artistique jusqu’à ce que Jean Cocteau, grand amoureux de Villefranche-sur-Mer et du Cap Ferrat, ne s’atelle à sa rénovation en 1956-57. L’artiste a offert à la Côte d’Azur un des plus beaux exemples de son talent. Jacques Biagini, par ailleurs déjà auteur d’un bel album sur Cocteau et Villefranche, nous livre dans ce petit livre une réflexion générale sur le grand maître et un historique précis de lédifice.

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