STEVE AND CAROLE IN VENCE

Vence Postcards
Portes (Gates)

Location: Portes (Gates) – 58 postcards.

There are five “portes” or “gates” into Vence old town. Porte du Peyra, leading to Place du Peyra, is one of the original gates, dating back to 1582. Le Pontis, a large arched passageway that you will find at the end of the small market street was not one of the original gates to the city. It was opened in 1863 to give villagers another way into the old town. Originally called “Le Pontis” it was renamed “Alsace Lorraine” in memory of the Eastern provinces of France that were lost in the war of 1870. La Porte d’Orient is also not an original entrance into the city. It was opened in 1760 by Monseigneur Moreau so that he could easily reach the Great Seminary. La Porte du Signadour dates from the 14th century. It was known as the “watchtower gate” and it was used as a lookout post over the horizon during troubled times. The tower no longer stands, but the gate remains. Le Portail Levis, the “Drawbridge Gate,” is the oldest gate of the town, dating back to the 14th century.

All of these beautiful portes (or gates) are featured prominently in the postcards of this collection. Additionally, there are other smaller portes found inside the old town which show up from time to time. On interesting note is that la Cour de l’Ancien Éevêché once had two portes, on at each end of the courtyard. Only one now remains.

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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Porte du Peyra

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions "La Cigogne" 2147 Front
2147 – Vence Fontaine et Porte du Peyra
(Editions “La Cigogne”)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions "La Cigogne" 2147 Back
2147 – Back
(Editions “La Cigogne”)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions Photoguy AE 57 Front
AE 57 – Peinture naïve de Chantal Sellan
(Editions Photoguy)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions Photoguy AE 57 Back
AE 57 – Back
(Editions Photoguy)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions S.E.P.T. 88 28 Front
88 28 – La place du Peyra et la Fontaine
(Editions S.E.P.T.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions S.E.P.T. 88 28 Back
88 28 – Back
(Editions S.E.P.T.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta 1105 Front
1105 – Porte et Vieille Fontaine (Peyra) (alt. 293m)
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta 1105 Back
1105 – Back
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta Front
La Fontaine du Peyra
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta Back
Back
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta Front
La Place du Peyra
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta Back
Back
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Édition Picard 19 Front
19 – Place du Perra (typo! should be “Peyra”)
(Édition Picard)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 32 Front
32 – Portail de la Place du Peyra
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Édition Picard 19 Back
19 – Back
(Édition Picard)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 32 Back
32 – Back
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 2009 Front
2009 – Portail de la Place du Peyra
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 4 Front
4 – La Fontaine du Peyra et le Portail
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 2009 Back
2009 – Back
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 4 Back
4 – Back
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Photochromie A.D.I.A. 3913 Front
3913 – Portail et Place du Peyra
(Photochromie A.D.I.A.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art 32 Front
32 – Portail de la Place du Peyra – from a booklet
(Munier Editeur d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Photochromie A.D.I.A. 3913 Back
3913 – Back
(Photochromie A.D.I.A.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art Back
32 – Back – from a booklet
(Munier Editeur d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edition Pleint Front
Place du Peyra
(Edition Pleint)

Porte Signadour (Portail du Signadour, Porte de Saint-Paul)

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Anciens Etab - 1304 Front
1304 – Le Porte du Signadom (misspelled! should be Signadour) et l’Avenue Marcellin-Maurel
(Anciens Etab.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Anciens Etab - 1304 Back
1304 – Back
(Ancien Etab.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 32 Front
32 – Rue de l’Hôpital et Portail du Signadour
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 32 Back
32 – Back
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Les Editions "MAR" 11666 Front
11666 – Une Porte du Rempart et Fontaine (Porte Signadour and la Basse Fontaine)
(Les Editions “MAR”)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Les Editions "MAR" 11666 Back
11666 – Back
(Les Editions “MAR”)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - P. Raynard, édit 4 Front
4 – Portail du Signadour
(P. Raynard, édit)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - P. Raynard, édit 4 Back
4 – Back
(P. Raynard, édit)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art 21 Front
21 – La Porte de Signadour et Avenue Marcelin-Maurel (sic) – 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
21 – Back – from a booklet
(Munier Editeur d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edition Cagnoli Front
Rue de l’Hôpital et Portail du Signadour
(Edition Cagnoli)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Édition Picard 28 Front
28 – Porte Saint-Paul
(Edition Picard)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edition Cagnoli Back
Back
(Edition Cagnoli)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Édition Picard 28 Back
28 – Back
(Edition Picard)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Et Neurdein Reunis 65 Front
65 – Rue Saint-Lambert
(Levy et Neurdein Reunis)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - ND Phot 903 Front
903 – Rue de l’Hôpital et Portail du Signadour
(ND Phot)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Et Neurdein Reunis 65 Back
65 – Back
(Levy et Neurdein Reunis)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - ND Phot 903 Back
903 – Back
(ND Phot)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Neurdein Frères 1013 Front
1013 – La Porte du Signadour et la Place Victor-Hugo
(Neurdein Frères)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Vue Orsoni, edit. Front
Portail du Signadour
(Vue Orsoni)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Neurdein Frères 1013 Back
1013 – Back
(Neurdein Frères)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Vue Orsoni, edit. Back
Back
(Vue Orsoni)

Porte d’Orient (Portail du Levant, Porte du Siège, Porte Saint-Véran)

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Bonnafoux - 13 Front
1313 – Vieille Rue et Porte Provençale
(rue Saint-Véran & Porte d’Orient)
(Bonnafoux)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Collection Eclecta - Front
Vieille Porte (Porte d’Orient)
(Collection “Eclecta”)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Bonnafoux - 1313 Back
1313 – Back
(Bonnafoux)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Collection Eclecta - Back
Back
(Collection “Eclecta”)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 31 Front
31 – Portail et Rue St-Vèran – Tour de la Cathédrale
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art 31 Front
31 – Portail et Rue St-Véran – Tour de la Cathédrale – from a booklet
(Munier Editeur d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 31 Back
31 – Back
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art Back
31 – Back – from a booklet
(Munier Editeur d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions La Cigogne 06.157.68 Front
06.157.68 – Une vieille rue (Rue Saint-Véran)
(Editions la Cigogne)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions Photoguy E 135 Front
E 135 – Rue Saint-Véran et Portail d’Orient
(Editions Photoguy)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions La Cigogne 06.157.68 Back
06.157.68 – Back
(Editions la Cigogne)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions Photoguy E 135 Back
E 135 – Back
(Editions Photoguy)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Fils et Cie 14 Front
14 – Porte d’Orient (1777)
(Levy Fils et Cie)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Photocouleur A.D.I.A. 1453 Front
1453 – La Porte Saint-Véran (1787)
(Photocouleur A.D.I.A.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Fils et Cie 14 Back
14 – Back
(Levy Fils et Cie)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Photocouleur A.D.I.A. 1453 Back
1453 – Back
(Photocouleur A.D.I.A.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - F.R. 30 Front
30 – Ancienne port (Porte d’Orient)
(F.R.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edition Merle Front
Ancienne porte, route de Cagnes (Porte d’Orient)
(Édition Merle)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - F.R. 30 Back
30 – Back
(F.R.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edition Merle Back
Back
(Édition Merle)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edition Pleint Front
Entrée du village (Porte d’Orient)
(Edition Pleint)

Portail Levis (Porte Levis)

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions Photoguy E 160 Front
E 160 – Le Portail Lévis (XIIIme siècle)
(Editions Photoguy)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions Photoguy E 160 Back
E 160 – Back
(Editions Photoguy)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 22 Front
22 – Boulevard Paul-André (Ancienne porte fortifiée) (Portail Levis)
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 22 Back
22 – Back
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Tronc-Founade Front
Ancienne porte de Vence – Pont-levis
(Tronc-Founade)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Tronc-Founade Back
Back
(Tronc-Founade)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 37 Front
37 – Porte Levis
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions S.M.D. CIM 0615700009 Front
0615700009 – Portail Levis & Rue de la Coste
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 37 Back
37 – Back
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions S.M.D. CIM 0615700009 Back
0615700009 – Back
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 33 Front
33 – Portail Levis
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 67 Front
67 – Porte et Paysannes Provençales (Portail Levis)
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 33 Back
33 – Back
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 67 Back
67 – Back
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta 1308 Front
1308 – Portail Levis
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta Front
Boulevard Paul-André – Vestiges Porte Moyen Age (Portail Levis)
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta 1308 Back
1308 – Back
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta Back
Back
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Les Belles Editions Françaises 3909 Front
3909 – Vieille Porte Provençale et Paysannes (Portail Levis)
(Les Belles Editions Françaises)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Phototypie A.D.I.A. 1439 Front
1439 – Porte et Paysannes Provençales (Portail Levis)
(Phototypie A.D.I.A.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Les Belles Editions Françaises 3909 Back
3909 – Back
(Les Belles Editions Françaises)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Phototypie A.D.I.A. 1439 Back
1439 – Back
(Phototypie A.D.I.A.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art 37 Front
37 – Boulevard Pont-André – Porte Levis – 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
37 – Back – from a booklet
(Munier Editeur d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison

Portail de l’Évêché (Portail de l’Ancien Évêché)

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Fils et Cie 30 Front
30 – Portail de l’ancien Évêché
(Levy Fils et Cie)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Fils et Cie 30 Back
30 – Back
(Levy Fils et Cie)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta Front
Portail de l’Ancien Evêché
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta Front
Portail de l’Évêché
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta Back
Back
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta Back
Back
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - F.R. 31 Front
31 – Passage sous portiques (Portail de l’Évêché)
(F.R.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - ND Phot 907 Front
907 – Portail de l’Ancien Évêché
(ND Phot)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - F.R. 31 Back
31 – Back
(F.R.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - ND Phot 907 Back
907 – Back
(ND Phot)
6 – Portail et Cloche de l’Ancien Evêché
(P. Raynard, édit)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art 35 Front
35 – Portail de l’Ancien Evêché – from a booklet
(Munier Editeur d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
6 – Back
(P. Raynard, édit)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art Back
35 – Back – from a booklet
(Munier Editeur d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison

Porte Renaissance

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Et Neurdein Reunis 912 Front
912 – La Place du Vieux Cimetière – Porte Renaissance
(Levy et Neurdein Reunis)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Et Neurdein Reunis 912 Back
912 – Back
(Levy et Neurdein Reunis)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Tronc-Founade Front
Porte Saint-Paul (Porte Renaissance)
(Tronc-Founade)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Tronc-Founade Back
Back
(Tronc-Founade)

Unnamed Porte on Place Godeau

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Anciens Etab - 1327 Front
1327 – Une Cour pittoresque
(Anciens Etab.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Anciens Etab - 1327 Back
1327 – Back
(Anciens Etab.)

Unknown Porte

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Lombard éditeur Front
Portail attenant à l’Eglise
(Lombard Éditeur)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Lombard éditeur Back
Back
(Lombard Éditeur)
Steve and Carole in Vence