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Saint-Paul-de-Vence (before 2011: Saint-Paul,[1] in Occitan: Sant Pau) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France. One of the oldest medieval towns on the French Riviera, it is well known for its modern and contemporary art museums and galleries such as Fondation Maeght which is located nearby.[2]

Panorama of Saint-Paul-de-Vence from the path of St. Clare in August 2012
Panorama of Saint-Paul-de-Vence from the path of St. Clare in August 2012
Coat of arms of Saint-Paul-de-Vence
Coat of arms
Saint-Paul-de-Vence is located in France
Location within Provence-A.-C.d'A. region
Saint-Paul-de-Vence is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Coordinates: 43°41′50″N 7°07′23″E / 43.6972°N 7.1231°E / 43.6972; 7.1231Coordinates: 43°41′50″N 7°07′23″E / 43.6972°N 7.1231°E / 43.6972; 7.1231
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Grasse
Canton Villeneuve-Loubet
Intercommunality CA Sophia Antipolis
 • Mayor (2008–2014) René Buron
Area1 7.26 km2 (2.80 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 3,477
 • Density 480/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 06128 /06570
Elevation 39–355 m (128–1,165 ft)
(avg. 180 m or 590 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.




Notable peopleEdit

Saint-Paul-de-Vence has long been a haven of the famous, mostly due to the La Colombe d'Or hotel,[3] whose former guests include Jean-Paul Sartre and Pablo Picasso.[4] During the 1960s, the village was frequented by French actors Yves Montand, Simone Signoret and Lino Ventura, and poet Jacques Prévert.

Saint-Paul is also well known for the artists who have lived there, such as Jacques Raverat, Gwen Raverat and Marc Chagall and more recently the couple Bernard-Henri Lévy and Arielle Dombasle.[5] Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman has a home there. American writer James Baldwin died there in 1987.[6][7] British actor Donald Pleasence died there in 1995.

Miami FC player Vincenzo Rennella was born in Saint-Paul-de-Vence.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Décret n° 2011-311 22 March 2011 (in French)
  2. ^ Lonely Planet; Emilie Filou; Alexis Averbuck; John A Vlahides (1 December 2012). Lonely Planet Provence & the Cote d'Azur. Lonely Planet. pp. 560–. ISBN 978-1-74321-376-6.
  3. ^ La Colombe d'Or home page
  4. ^ Raphael, Amy (March 1999). Esquire.[full citation needed]
  5. ^ Buck, Joan Juliet (January 2003). "France's Prophet Provocateur". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
  6. ^ Libbey, Peter (27 November 2017). "James Baldwin’s Former Home in France Is Set to Be Developed". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-12-05.
  7. ^ Kun, Josh (1999). "Life According to the Beat: James Baldwin, Bessie Smith and the Perilous Sound of Love", in Dwight A. McBride (ed.), James Baldwin Now. New York: New York University Press. ISBN 0814756182. pp. 307-328; here: p. 325.
  8. ^

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