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Vence (Occitan: Vença) is a commune set in the hills of the Alpes Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in southeastern France between Nice and Antibes.

Vence
Commune
View of Vence. In the background, the Mediterranean Sea.
View of Vence. In the background, the Mediterranean Sea.
Coat of arms of Vence
Coat of arms
Vence is located in France
Vence
Vence
Location within Provence-A.-C.d'A. region
Vence is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Vence
Vence
Coordinates: 43°43′25″N 7°06′51″E / 43.7236°N 7.1142°E / 43.7236; 7.1142Coordinates: 43°43′25″N 7°06′51″E / 43.7236°N 7.1142°E / 43.7236; 7.1142
CountryFrance
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
DepartmentAlpes-Maritimes
ArrondissementGrasse
CantonVence
IntercommunalityMétropole Nice Côte d'Azur
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Loïc Dombreval (Independent)
Area139.23 km2 (15.15 sq mi)
Population (2014)218,536
 • Density470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Vefgvv nçois
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code06157 /06140
Elevation40–1,033 m (131–3,389 ft)
(avg. 325 m or 1,066 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.

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Ecclesiastical historyEdit

The first known Bishop of Vence is Severus, bishop in 439 and perhaps as early as 419.

Among others are: St. Veranus, son of St. Eucherius, Archbishop of Lyon and a monk of Lérins, bishop before 451 and at least until 465; St. Lambert, first a Benedictine monk (died 1154); Cardinal Alessandro Farnese (1505–11).

Antoine Godeau, Bishop of Grasse, was named Bishop of Vence in 1638; the Holy See wished to unite the two dioceses. Meeting with opposition from the chapter and the clergy of Vence Godeau left Grasse in 1653, to remain Bishop of Vence, which see he held until 1672.

The diocese of Nice now unites the three former Dioceses of Nice, Grasse and Vence.

 
A pizzeria operated from the back of a van in the centre of Vence.

SightsEdit

Within the historic village, a medieval walled village, there are numerous interesting sights and monuments. The Peyra Gate was remodelled in 1810. The fountain was rebuilt in 1822 replacing an older one dating from 1578. Nearby is an oak, donated by François I and planted in 1538. The castle is today the Fondation Émile Hugues, a modern and contemporary art museum. The cathedral was built in the 4th century on the site of a Roman temple. The stone of the western façade dates from 239. Another, on the right, was engraved in December 220. Other stones in the external walls represent funerary dedications. Also on the western side of the church, the Pierre du Tauroble evokes the cult of Cybele and also the Great mother of the Gods of Mount Ida. A chapel in the cathedral has a mosaic by Marc Chagall, dated 1911. The rue des Portiques is a section of the old Roman road.[1]

The town has a small chapel, up above the Cité Historique Chapelle du Rosaire (1948, completed in 1951), decorated with stained glass and other fittings by Henri Matisse, who owned a home in the village towards the end of his life.

Vence is famous for its spring water, which can be collected from numerous fountains in the town.

International relationsEdit

Vence is twinned with the market town of Stamford, Lincolnshire.

PersonalitiesEdit

PopulationEdit

YearPop.±%
17932,615—    
18002,657+1.6%
18063,020+13.7%
18213,045+0.8%
18313,612+18.6%
18363,156−12.6%
18413,165+0.3%
18463,101−2.0%
18512,974−4.1%
18562,733−8.1%
18612,710−0.8%
18662,755+1.7%
18722,828+2.6%
18762,770−2.1%
18812,761−0.3%
18862,903+5.1%
18913,103+6.9%
18963,043−1.9%
19013,124+2.7%
19063,208+2.7%
19113,498+9.0%
19213,090−11.7%
19264,192+35.7%
19314,876+16.3%
19365,495+12.7%
19465,685+3.5%
19546,278+10.4%
19627,874+25.4%
19689,420+19.6%
197511,385+20.9%
198213,119+15.2%
199015,330+16.9%
199916,982+10.8%
200819,247+13.3%
201019,281+0.2%
201219,241−0.2%
201418,536−3.7%

EducationEdit

Nursery schoolsEdit

  • École Maternelle lei bigaradie
  • École Maternelle du Signadour
  • École Maternelle de l'ouest

Primary schoolsEdit

  • École primaire du Suve
  • École primaire Saint-Michel
  • École primaire Toreille
  • École primaire Chagall
  • École Célestin Freinet

Grammar schoolEdit

  • Collège La Sine

High schoolEdit

  • Lycée Henri Matisse.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • INSEE
  •   This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "article name needed". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton.
  1. ^ Itinéraire découverte de la Cité Historique, Office de Tourisme de Vence 2011

External linksEdit

  Media related to Vence at Wikimedia Commons