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The ramps and the Hotel Pretti in Saint-Ambroise

Historic site and monument, Historic patrimony, listed in Menton
  • Located opposite the Saint-Michel ramp, in the Genoese Baroque style, it comprises three floors and the date of 1649 is still visible on the façade. The building protected as a historic monument (16 November 1989) is still privately owned.

  • The ramps were built in 1753. The upper part bears the name of two priests of the parish of Saint-Michel, Canon Ortmans and Canon Gouget. They were extended from Longue Street to Quai Bonaparte in 1941.These divergent ramps gave a theatrical dimension to the baroque ensemble of the court and the two churches. Facing the Saint-Michel ramps, rises the Pretti Hotel in Saint Ambroise. In 1533, the Pretti family had a beautiful building built on Rue Longue. In 1705, Antoine I Grimaldi ennobled...
    The ramps were built in 1753. The upper part bears the name of two priests of the parish of Saint-Michel, Canon Ortmans and Canon Gouget. They were extended from Longue Street to Quai Bonaparte in 1941.These divergent ramps gave a theatrical dimension to the baroque ensemble of the court and the two churches. Facing the Saint-Michel ramps, rises the Pretti Hotel in Saint Ambroise. In 1533, the Pretti family had a beautiful building built on Rue Longue. In 1705, Antoine I Grimaldi ennobled Alexandre Pretti and gave him the fief of Saint-Ambroise in the Carnolès district. This patrician residence offers to the gaze an imposing mass characteristic of the Genoese baroque architecture of the seventeenth century. This austerity is contrasted by a rich interior decoration and a monumental staircase with a mezzanino.
    On May 25, 1571, Pope Pius V founded the Holy League to deliver the last crusade. From all over Europe, except France, the knights rushed to take part in the battle of Lepanto in October 1571.
    Fourteen Mentonnais enlisted under the Spanish banner and embarked on two galleys belonging to the Grimaldi, «La Capitana» and «La Patrona», commanded by two of them: Laurent Rossi and Jacques Laurenti.
    Both vessels were heavily damaged during the contact. Eight Mentonnais died. A glorious survivor, Barthélémy Pretti, brought back as a trophy badge two Turkish spears and a flag whose pole still serves today as a processional cross at the Basilica of Saint Michael.
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