Chapelle St-Pierre

sights / Religious

Chapelle St-Pierre information

admission €2.50
Opening hours
10am-noon & 2-6pm Wed-Mon
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Villefranche was a favourite of Jean Cocteau (1889–1963), who sought solace here in 1924 after the death of his companion Raymond Radiguet. Several years, holidays and friends later, Cocteau convinced locals to let him paint the neglected, 14th-century Chapelle St-Pierre, which he transformed into a mirage of mystical frescoes.

Scenes from St Peter’s life are interspersed with references to Cocteau's cinematographic work (notably the drivers from Orpheus) and friends (Francine Weisweiller, whose Villa Santo Sospir in St-Jean-Cap Ferrat Cocteau also decorated). The chapel keeper will give you fascinating explanations (in French) about the meanings of each scene.