Matisse Chapel

Tiny tribute to a master

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The Matisse Chapel, also known as the Rosaire chapel (Chapel of the Rosary), is proof that good things come in small packages. Built under the direction of world-renowned French artist Henri Matisse, the Rosaire chapel was a vision and concept of the artist who touched every element of the building, from the architecture to the interior furniture down to the religious objects. It was the first time a painter designed every detail of a monument. The first stone of the chapel was laid in 1949, and it was inaugurated and consecrated of Notre Dame of Rosaire in 1951.

This small white chapel in the hills is known for its vibrant stained glass windows and Matisse lovers will appreciate this tiny yet subtle tribute to one of the French Riviera’s most famous residents.

Don’t miss the gallery exhibiting the initial plans of the chapel as well as the chasubles designed by Henri Matisse.

Located in hillside village of Vence, about nine miles from Nice.

Monday – Wednesday – Saturday 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday 10 a.m – 11:30 a.m.,  2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday mass 10 a.m.

Closed mid November to mid December.

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