STEVE AND CAROLE IN VENCE

Vence Postcards
The Cathedral

Location: The Cathedral – 26 postcards.

Declared a National Monument in 1944, the Cathédrale Notre Dame de la Nativité (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Nativity) sits in the center of the village. With the small Place Godeau (once the parish cemetery) to the east and the larger Place Clemenceau (home to the city hall), to the west, the cathedral is one of the most visited landmarks in Vence. Noticeable for its diverse architecture and design it features Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque characteristics, all tangled together for a rather unique look that works surprisingly well. It’s the smallest cathedral in all of France!

I can see the top of the bell tower, decorated with its 13th century crenellations, peeking over the rooftops of the old town when I look out the window of my small home office here in Vence. Said to be built on the site of an ancient Roman temple dedicated to Mars and Cybele, parts of the current cathedral date back to the 11th century. A Merovingian church most likely existed on the same site sometime during the 5th and 6th centuries, to be followed by a Carolingian church during the 9th and 10th centuries.

In this section you’ll find postcards with photographs of both the exterior and the interior of the Cathedral.

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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The Cathedral Exterior

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 2006 Front
2006 – Place Clémenceau et hôtel de Ville
Portail de la Cathédrale
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 2006 Back
2006 – Back
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 56 Front
56 – L’Eglise
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 56 Back
56 – Back
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Fils et Cie 11 Front
11 – Place Godeau et la Tour de l’Église
(Levy Fils et Cie)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Fils et Cie 11 Back
11 – Back
(Levy Fils et Cie)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Fils et Cie 9 Front
9 – La Place de l’Église
(Levy Fils et Cie)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Levi Fils et Cie 9 Back
9 – Back
(Levy Fils et Cie)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Imp. Photo. A. Thiriat Et H. Basuyad Front
L’Eglise
(Imp. Phot. A. Thiriat Et H. Basuyad )
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Imp. Photo. A. Thiriat Et H. Basuyad Back
Back
(Imp. Phot. A. Thiriat Et H. Basuyad )
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edition L.R. 11 Front
11 – Place Godeau et la Tour de l’Eglise
(Edition L.R.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edition L.R. 11 Back
11 – Back
(Edition L.R.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edit. Servelle Front
Place de l’Église
(Edit. Servelle)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions La Cigogne 06.157.66 Front
06.157.66 – La Cathédrale, dont la construction remonte au XIe Siècle.
(Editions la Cigogne)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edit. Servelle Back
Back
(Edit. Servelle)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions La Cigogne 06.157.66 Back
06.157.66 – Back
(Editions la Cigogne)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions S.E.P.T. 88-114 Front
88-114 – La grand clocher carré de l’ancienne cathédrale (XIe s.)
(Editions S.E.P.T.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 28 Front
28 – Place Godeau – Clocher de l’Eglise
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions S.E.P.T. 88-114 Back
88-114 – Back
(Editions S.E.P.T.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Etablissements Frédéric Laugier 28 Back
28 – Back
(Etablissements Frédéric Laugier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta 1102 Front
1102 – Place et Porte de l’Église
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta Front
La Porte de l’Eglise
(Establissement de photographie Giletta)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Establissement de photographie Giletta 1102 Back
1102 – 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 - Litografia Seven VE 14 Front
VE 14 – Le Clocher
(Litografia Seven)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Lombard éditeur Front
Portail et Eglise
(Lombard Éditeur)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Litografia Seven VE 14 Back
VE 14 – Back
(Litografia Seven)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Lombard éditeur Back
Back
(Lombard Éditeur)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - ND Phot 902 Front
902 – Place Godeau et le Clocher de l’Église
(ND Phot)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art 8 Front
8 – Porte de la Cathédrale – from a booklet
(Munier Editeur d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - ND Phot 902 Back
902 – Back
(ND Phot)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art Back
8 – Back – from a booklet
(Munier Editeur d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison

The Cathedral Interior

Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Braun & Cie - 310 Front
310 – Intérieur de l’Église
(Braun & Cie.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Braun & Cie - 310 Back
310 – Back
(Braun & Cie.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edition Guigou Front
Intérieur de l’Église
(Edition Guigou)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Edition Guigou Back
Back
(Edition Guigou)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions d'Art Munier 10 Front
10 – Intérieur de la cathédrale
(Editions d’Art Munier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Editions d'Art Munier 10 Back
10 – Back
(Editions d’Art Munier)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art 10 Front
10 – Intérieur de la Cathédrale – 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
10 – Back
(Munier Editeur d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 10 Front
10 – Intérieur de la Cathédrale
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Éditions d'Art Rostan & Munier 10 Back
10 – Back
(Rostan & Munier – Édition d’Art)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - P. Raynard, édit Front
Stalles de la Cathédrale
(P. Raynard, édit)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - P. Raynard, édit Back
Back
(P. Raynard, édit)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Munier Editeur d'Art 7 Front
7 – Stalles gothiques de la Cathédrale (1459) – 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
7 – Back – from a booklet
(Munier Editeur d’Art)
from the collection of Steve Wilkison
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Photo Colin Front
Intérieur de la Cathédrale
(Photo Colin)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Photo Colin Back
Back
(Photo Colin)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Photo Colin Front
Intérieur de la Cathédrale
(Photo Colin)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Photo Colin Back
Back
(Photo Colin)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Phototypie A.D.I.A. 443 Front
443 – Intérieur de la Cathédrale
(Phototypie A.D.I.A.)
Steve and Carole in Vence - Vintage French Postcard - Phototypie A.D.I.A. 443 Back
443 – Back
(Phototypie A.D.I.A.)
Steve and Carole in Vence