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Matisse chapel

Bath, United Kingdom
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Matisse chapel

One of the main reasons for my trip to south of france in July is to see this chapel. There will be two of us going. Do I need to book tickets in advance?

Many thanks

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Berkshire, United...
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for Avignon
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1. Re: Matisse chapel

It was only necessary to book for groups, imagine it’s still the same; no doubt tplus, a regular on the forums who lives at Vence will be along to clarify soon.

Vence, France
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2. Re: Matisse chapel

Errrr, well, yes, I've been there. Once, a few years ago, or so. The correct name is "Chapelle du Rosaire", btw.

You don't have to reserve tickets, just show up. Note the - a bit strange - opening hours:


It's quite nice but hardly spectacular. Next to it (a bit lower) is Vence's best restaurant, starred "Bacchanales", also well decorated and with a nice garden. Would go together well:


Anyone who is interested in modern art has to visit the Fondation Maeght in Saint-Paul. There I've been 10 times, or so.

Surrey UK
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3. Re: Matisse chapel

The chapel was created by Matisse at the very end of his life and, so long as you know what to expect, you shouldn't be disappointed. I'm sure there are better ways of putting it but I'd say it's shapes and colours which predominate rather than pictorial art. Speaking personally, I find the story behind its creation quite moving. If you are coming by car, it's worth checking on the location of the local car parks which are located towards the town centre. Should you use them, you'll have a more or less level walk of several hundred metres. Otherwise, if you're very lucky, there's street parking on the Avenue Henri Matisse outside the chapel.

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4. Re: Matisse chapel

"Quite nice," is it? How about marvelous, compelling, beautiful. The adjacent house is now an excellent museum detailing the conception of the chapel by Matisse and his journey to complete the project. There are quite a few photos as well as priestly garments designed by Matisse on display. Anyone interested in art and architecture will find much to study and enjoy. Just being in the chapel and seeing the altar bathed in light from the stained-glass windows is an experience I won't forget..

Vence, France
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5. Re: Matisse chapel

I felt not too impressed but tastes are different. As said - quite nice and worth a visit.

I am an atheist, but my favoured chapel on the Cote d'Azur is "Notre Dame de la Vie" in Mougins. No modern art, except that it's right next to Picassos villa.

United Kingdom
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for Barnstaple, Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby
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6. Re: Matisse chapel

I have to agree with Catullus, I found the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence one of the most beautiful and spiritual (despite not being a religious person) works of art/architecture I’ve ever seen. As suggested above you can just get tickets as you arrive without issue, due to the unusual opening hours it is still quite a “hidden gem” on the Côte d’Azur.

Tierra Verde...
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7. Re: Matisse chapel

My favorite in the area is somewhat hidden in Saint-Paul de Vence – Folon’s Chapelle des Penitents Blanc. It features a mosaic of over 1 million tiles. Beautiful...

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