Who said there was little to do in Cannes besides the beach? Take a break from the luxury and visit this beautiful 16-century Catholic church. You will witness the best view in town and, it will bring a little bit of culture to your trip to the heart of the French Riviera.
The Church of Our Lady of Hope is located on the top of the Suquet Hill in the Old Town of Cannes, overlooking the whole city, the Napoule Bay and the hills of Mars. The place was classified as a historical landmark of the area in 1937. It keeps its picturesque atmosphere, which makes a good contrast with the extravagant look of the coastline.
The gothic style church took almost a hundred years to complete. It also complements with a porch that was made with a Renaissance style. It features peaceful interiors with medieval carvings, with a statue of Our Lady of Hope above the main altar from the 17th-century. The bell-tower was built with a Romanesque style and the two lateral chapels are dedicated to the craftsmen who did the decorations. Near the entrance of the church, there's a small garden passing the gate, ideal to have a rest or a picnic. It is quiet and offers a retreat from the craziness of the city below. Rumor has it, that they used to keep German prisoners during the First World War.
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The climb is steep and long so make sure you wear comfy shoes and take a bottle of water to stay hydrated. In summer it gets hot, but don't despair, the view on the top is totally worth it and, so is the breeze. The church officiates as a venue for the Suquet Music Nights festival in July. It has a diverse line up of classical music, including piano players, soloists, and orchestras. It is one of Cannes most magical events during the summer.
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In the district, visit the Museum of La Castre, showcasing a wide collection of antique items from the Mediterranean, Oceania, the Arctic, and the pre-Columbian American. Also, take a look at the 11-century Saint Anne Chapel. It displays musical instruments and Provencal paintings of the Riviera from the 19th-century. After sightseeing, wander through the cobblestones streets down the Rue St Antoine to explore the historic district and grab some lunch in one of the many restaurants.