Cimetière du Vieux Château


For great views of the old town and the port, meander all the way up through the historic quarter to this hilltop cemetery. It's something of a pilgrimage site for rugby fans, who come to pay their respects at the tomb of William Webb Ellis, legendary inventor of the sport.

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1. Basilique St-Michel Archange

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2. Salle des Mariages


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4. Musée du Bastion

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6. Jardin de la Serre de la Madone


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7. Cabanon Le Corbusier

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The only building French architect Le Corbusier (1887–1965) ever built for himself is this rather simple – but very clever – beach hut on Cap Martin…

8. Roquebrune

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