The most famous of Riviera hill towns, and the most-visited in France, the perched medieval village of St. Paul was built behind the coast to avoid Saracen attack. In 1537 it was re-ramparted, under Francois I, to stand up to Savoy, Austria, and Piedmont. A celebrity village, it was first "discovered" by Bonnard, Modigliani, and other artists of the 1920s. Since then, many of the rich and famous literati and glitterati have flocked to St. Paul, in part due to the reputation of La Colombe d'Or inn and restaurant.
Photos in the local musuem include Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Catherine Deneuve, Sophia Loren, and Greta Garbo.
Just outside St. Paul is the intriguing Mediterranean modern art museum, the Fondation-Maeght, designed by architect Jose Luis Sert.
Sculpted painting by
Fernand Léger at the Fondation Maeght
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