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Menton

A city of art and history
Artium civitas, the city of the Arts!

The words above the City Hall of Menton are not only eloquent, they are also true. A city with a rich past that is focused on the future, Menton has never wavered from its role as a city of the arts. Its exceptional and well-preserved architectural and botanical heritage, combining Gallic-Roman, Mediterranean and Renaissance legacies, earned it the ” Ville d’Art et d’Histoire” (“City of Art and History”) label in 1991.

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Here, there’s a real feel of ‘La Dolce Vita’. You’ll marvel at every street corner. Menton is the ultimate place to get away from it all, offering a unique combination of serenity and authenticity. Being in Menton is like stepping into another world.

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5 great reasons to visit Menton

Witness the beauty of its outstanding tropical gardens

Enjoy the tangy sweetness of its IGP lemons

Follow in Cocteau’s footsteps through the city

Stroll through its narrow streets and experience ‘La Dolce Vita’.

Enjoy gourmet cuisine beside the sea

Exceptional Gardens

Outstanding green spaces

The gardens in Menton unveil a history that dates back to the 18th century. Attracted by the mild climate and the city’s popularity as a winter residence, botanists, especially English ones, introduced tropical and subtropical species that were wonderfully suited to Menton. The legacy of this period is an array of magnificent gardens! Maria Serena, Serre de la Madone, Fontana Rosa, Clos du Peyronet, Val Rahmeh-Menton Botanical Garden and Les Colombières Garden are almost all open to the general public. Discover this botanical heritage through our guided tours!

Take in the Arts

In the galleries and museums of Menton!

The Menton Palaces

Exquisite examples of the Belle Epoque

From 1869 onwards, thanks to its train service, Menton became an international holiday destination. Several palaces were built, featuring Neo-classical, Italian and Art Nouveau styles, leaving their elegant imprint on Menton. Among the most iconic are the Riviera Palace in Beausoleil, a jewel of the Belle Epoque, the Hôtel Impérial in Menton, one of the last palaces built in Menton by the architect Hans-Georg Tersling, the Winter Palace, the Grand Hôtel d’Orient, and the Grand Hôtel de Venise now known as the Orangeraie.

Did you know?

The Belle Epoque, which refers to the period between 1870 and the First World War, was named this way in retrospect. It was a time free of conflict, with a wealth of technical, political, social and economic developments. The arts flourished and creativity knew no limits!

The Orthodox Church

A Russian church…

In 1892, the Orthodox church was built with funds raised by the Grand Duchess Anastasia, granddaughter of Tsar Nicholas I. Designed by the Danish architect Hans Georg Tersling, the church was consecrated on 24 October, in 1892. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and St Nicholas. This church, combining Eastern and Western styles, bears witness to Russia’s presence in Menton. The sanctuary with the altar is, as in all Orthodox churches, separated from the rest of the church by a partition called the “iconostasis”, whose icons were painted at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, some of which are in a Romantic style by the painter Brioullov.

A little history (of art)…

Karl Pavlovitch Brioullov, known as “Karl the Great”, was a Russian painter, born of French parents, who was considered to be one of the finest Romantic painters of his time. He is best known for his work ‘Last Day in Pompeii’ and his self-portrait in the style of Rubens.

Where to Stay

in Menton
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