The Trophy Of The Alps

March 31, 2023

A small 32 page book, in English, with the history of The Trophy of the Alps in La Turbie.

Steve and Carole in Vence - The Trophy of the Alps

I don’t find a lot of old books about Vence or the Côte d’Azur written in English, so I was very pleased to discover this little book about one of my favorite monuments in our area, Le Trophée des Alpes (or The Trophy of the Alps) in La Turbie. I picked it up at the Saturday morning book market in Nice for a mere 2€. It’s very small, just 12cm by 16cm and 32 pages with a nice hardback cover and is in pretty good condition.

The book recounts the story of this magnificent monument built over 2000 years ago to celebrate the Roman victory over the various Gaulish tribes who populated the southern Alpes at the time. Today only a small portion of the original monument remains but what still stands is quite striking and imposing, dominating the landscape for miles around.

The book contains a timeline related to the monument and the various stages it has been through over the years. Several black and white drawings show it from its initial glory through the almost complete destruction and eventual partial restoration. Unfortunately, there’s no date listed anywhere on the book, so it’s hard to say when it was originally published, but I’m guessing sometime in the 1950s or 1960s.

I’ve written a more in-depth article about the Trophy if you’d like to read more and see my photographs.

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2 thoughts on “The Trophy Of The Alps

  1. Hello. We are Americans, from Washington DC and Massachusetts and spend our holidays in Vence each year, sometimes several times a year, since 1992. We will be there in early July this year and would like to trace the Via Julia Augusta from La Turbie toward Vence. But I cannot find any maps of the Via Julia mapped to today’s roads. I found a little myself by zooming in on Google Maps for La Turbie, but can’t confirm, for example, whether and where the Rue du Comte de Cessole or Chemin Romain are part of the Julia, or where else it may lead. Do you know of any good maps that do that. We have read and enjoyed you other posts about the Julia. Thanks. Jack Corrado

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