Learn about Grasse, City of Art and History…
Maison du Patrimoine
22 rue de l’Oratoire
Phone: + 33(0)4 97 05 58 70
Recommended parking: Cours Honoré Cresp and Notre-Dame des Fleurs/Martelly.
Free admission. Retail outlet.
Accessible to persons with reduced mobility or disabilities.
The carillon on Rue de l’Oratoire was installed in late summer 2012.
It is comprised of twelve bells that chime every hour (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.), playing the celebrated Provençal anthem “Se Canto.”
At noon, it puts on a three-minute “mini-concert” for spectators. For this musical interlude, the bells play another famous tune from Provençal culture, “Coupo Santo.”
The cathedral dates from the mid-13th century (the bishopric was transferred from Antibes to Grasse in 1244). The architecture is influenced by both Liguria and Lombardy (layout, decorative elements, vaulting).
The main facade is simple and unassuming, reflecting the interior layout : a raised central nave and two side aisles.
The CDM hosts exhibition spaces and educational workshops: essential and inseparable elements of heritage mediation, core business of the national network of Cities and Countries of Art and History (VPAH). You will also find the whole of the Pole Mediation (lecturers and administrative guides), the Inventory Pole (Research on movable heritage, monumental and intangible), a documentation center and a presentation of the VPAH network.
Wind through a maze of steep, colorful lanes aboard Grasse’s Little Tourist Train, “Le Petit Train,” and discover the architectural treasures of the perfume capital of the world. This enchanting and entertaining ride takes you through the ages, exploring the history of perfume and the city’s famous personalities, all recounted individually and in several languages by virtue of scripted audio guides.
Over the course of this 35-minute trip, the train will take you through the historic streets and charming, narrow alleyways of Grasse’s city center.
Home, Garden, & Landscape Resource Center
La Villa Saint-Hilaire, formerly the municipal library, is now a Home, Garden, and Landscape Resource Center which was officially unveiled on May 29, 2015.
The content, book, media, and educational selection focuses on the individual relationship between man and nature, dovetailing heritage and public reading opportunities.
This library is organized in sections – Landscape and Region/Garden/ Home/Lifestyle – and can satisfy younger groups (ages six and up), as well as adults and university-level academics.