STEVE AND CAROLE IN VENCE

Vence Postcards
La Cour de l’Ancien Évêché

Location: La Cour de l’Ancien Évêché (Portique de l’Ancien Évêché) – 11 postcards.

For hundreds of years one bishop after another ruled over the small bishopric (évêché in French) of Vence. The first bishop of the small town is thought to be Audinus in 250A.D. The last was Charles Pisani de la Gaude who was removed when the diocese was abolished following the concordat of 1801.

The small bishopric (or diocese) of Vence bordered the Var river to the east, the Loup River to the south and the Esteron to the west. It included the following villages: Andon, Bézaudun, Bouyon, Caille, Courmes, Courmettes, Coursegoules, Dosfraires, Gréolières-Basses, Gréolières-Hautes, Malvan, Saint-Paul, Thorenc, Tourrettes, Valettes and Villeneuve.

In the early 1900s it was decided to build a new Hôtel de Ville (town hall) in Place Clemenceau. The town had outgrown the old one located in Place Surian. To construct this new building it was necessary to tear down some older structures. One of those was a large wall that connected the cathedral to another building with a small passageway through it. A courtyard (le Cour de l’Ancien Évêché) existed between this wall and another passageway that opened up onto Rue de l’Évêché, known today as le Passage Cahours. In fact, the courtyard still exists though it is less defined without the second wall.

In the photographs on these postcards we can see the still intact Passage Cahours, but what is most fascinating are the glimpses of the old wall that was torn down. You can see it at the far end of the courtyard, appearing with a passageway or small tunnel through the wall.

While we often talk about how the old town of Vence has changed so little over hundreds of years, this is a reminder that some things, even in the old town, have not withstood the progress of time.

If you have any questions about any of the cards featured here, if you see any errors or if you would like more information, drop me an email at steve@steveandcaroleinvence.com.

All postcards are from the collection of Howard Shakespeare unless otherwise noted.

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Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edition La Provençale 1311 Front
1311 – Paysannes Provençales dans la cour d l’ancien Evêché
(Edition La Provençale)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edition La Provençale 1311 Back
1311 – Back
(Edition La Provençale)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 3 Front
3 – Portique de l’Ancien Évêché
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 3 Back
3 – Back
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art 3 Front
3 – Portique de l’ancien Evêché – from a booklet
(Munier Editeur d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art Back
3 – Back – from a booklet
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Fils et Cie 12 Front
12 – Ancienne Cour de l’Évêché
(Levy Fils et Cie)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Fils et Cie 12 Back
12 – Back
(Levy Fils et Cie)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Fils et Cie 30 Front
30 – Portail de l’ancien Évêché
(Levy Fils et Cie)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levy Fils et Cie 30 Back
30 – Back
(Levy Fils et Cie)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levy Fils et Cie 30 Front
30 – Portail de l’ancien Évêché
(Levy Fils et Cie)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levy Fils et Cie 30 Back
30 – Back
(Levy Fils et Cie)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Heliogravure Combier Macon Front
Les Arcades de l’Ancien Evêché
(Heliogravure Combier Macon)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Heliogravure Combier Macon Back
Back
(Heliogravure Combier Macon)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions La Cigogne 060.314 Front
060.314 – Ancien Evêché
(Editions la Cigogne)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 1306 Front
1306 – Paysannes Provençales revenant du marché
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions La Cigogne 060.314 Back
060.314 – Back
(Editions la Cigogne)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 1306 Back
1306 – Back
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - F.R. 31 Front
31 – Passage sous portiques (Portique de l’Ancien Évêché)
(F.R.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Litografia Seven VE 24 Front
VE. 24 – Coin caractéristique (La Cour de l’Ancien Évêché)
(Litografia Seven)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - 31 F.R. Back
31 – Back
(F.R.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Litografia Seven VE 24 Back
VE. 24 – Back
(Litografia Seven)
Steve and Carole in Vence