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Mougins, village of Picasso and Saint-Laurent
Published by EF041008 on 2009/5/7
Mougins, village of Picasso and Saint-Laurent


Mougins is located north of Cannes in the countryside of Vence. It is a walking village built onto a promontory from which one has a magnificent view of the Estérel, the land around Grasse, the Mercantour range and all the way to the Bay of Cannes.

A lot of artists lived there, among them Picasso, Yves Saint-Laurent ou Roland Petit...










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Mougins is located north of Cannes in the countryside of Vence. It is a walking village built onto a promontory from which one has a magnificent view of the Estérel, the land around Grasse, the Mercantour range and all the way to the Bay of Cannes.

Like many neighboring villages, Mougins was a Ligurian village. Its importance grew during the Roman period because it became a postal relay along the Via Aurelia.

Like Cannes and Le Cannet, for a long time Mougins belonged to the Abbey of Lérins. They left behind storerooms, cisterns and wine cellars. Visitors can also see the Saint-Honorat  reliquary in the Museum of Local History.

                  

The town’s fortifications began in the Middle Ages while the region was at risk of pillaging and local wars. Little remains of these fortifications. Only the door, known as the Saracen, with its machicolations keeps the myth of the big-hearted bandit alive. The story refers to Gaspard de Besse, who features in “Maurin of the Moors” and was beaten in front of the tearful townsfolk.
Memories of the past appear to some extent all over the village.

There are oil mills, fountains, bread ovens and a wash house.
The St. James the Major church, enlarged in the 18th and 19th centuries, still preserves the 11th century sacristy.In the 19th century, some important figures were born in Mougins.

For example, Commander Lamy, whose statue sits at the entrance to the village, participated in the colonization of North and sub-Saharan African countries. N’djamena, the capital city of Chad, was formerly known as Fort-Lamy. 

      

In the 20th century, like in Saint-Paul, artists flooded the town square. Picasso set down his suitcases in a hotel here in 1936. The story goes that one evening a strike of genius prompted the artist to repaint his room. The innkeeper, uninterested in modern art, asked him to repair the damage by dabbing the whole room over with white paint. Quite enamored with this village, Picasso remained on in Mougins and moved permanently to the “Minotaur’s Den” near the Notre-Dame-de-Vie Chapel where he passed away.

A number of celebrities came to Mougins, including Roland Petit, Zizi Jeanmaire, Paul Anka, Yves St. Laurent, etc. One of the pillars of this village was without doubt the photographer André Viliers who co-founded the Museum of Photography established in Mougins.

The cultural aura of Mougins attracted actresses like Elizabeth Taylor and Sharon Stone who organized their gala dinner and silent auction to support the fight against AIDS, known as amFAR cinema against AIDS which takes place during the Cannes Film Festival. The impressive income from tickets sold goes directly to the Foundation for AIDS Research.

The sweet life in the village has attracted star chefs like Roger Vergé who created the Moulin de Mougins in 1969 and obtained his Michelin Guide stars . Alain Llorca, former chef of Negresco took over this prestigious establishment for a long period and today it is Sebastien Chambru who is the new Chef.

Like Biot, Mougins is part of Sophia Antipolis (18%) which confirms its international and entrepreneurial aura.



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