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Eze Village

This fascinating village in the French Riviera extending from the Mediterranean sea to the hilltop with a medieval village. Its Jardin botanique d’Eze was created after WW11 on a chateaus ruins by town mayor André Gianton and Jean Gastaud of the Jardin Exotique de Monaco. It is sited on a steep terrain falling over 400 meters to the sea with panoramic views of the coast, and known for its impressive collection of cactus and succulents from the Mediterranean region, Africa, and the Americas.

The oldest building in the village is the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix and dates back to 1306. Members of the lay order of the White Penitents of Èze, were in charge of giving assistance to plague victims, who would hold their meetings there. The shape of the bell-turret is an indication that the village once belonged to the Republic of Genoa. A series of sculptures, Earth Goddesses, by Jean-Philippe Richard is interspersed among the cacti and succulents, as well as the castle ruins. Each sculpture is accompanied by a plaque with an enigmatic message. The first sculpture, Justine or Isis, commemorates the Egyptian goddess of fertility who some people credit with giving her name to the village of Eze.

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