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The Architecture of Saint-Tropez

Saint-Tropez has managed to preserve its identity and its vestiges, witnesses of a rich maritime past.

 

Unalterably charming, the façades, for the most part narrow and tall, are dressed in pink and ocher to match the blue of the sky.

 

As you stroll through the picturesque alleys of the village, discover the architectural details that tell the story of Saint-Tropez:

 

the church with the white limestone facade in a pure Jesuit style,

 

in the street which runs along the church, a beautiful old house, topped with an invisible terrace which dominates the roofs of the city, served for a long time as a showroom for the interior designer Henri Garelli before being bought by a niece of Lord Mountbatten,

 

the fish market whose mosaic fresco signed by the artist Peï represents the God Neptune,

 

the “Maure” door at n ° 26 rue Allard, which has been able to keep its serpentine Turkish head and the Gothic door at n ° 25,

 

the stone washhouse, topped with a superb exposed frame, was a very lively meeting place.

 

In the rue de la Citadelle, a small, delightfully romantic 18th century house was the home of architect Philippe Tallien. Today, it is one of the suites at Hotel Yaca with a breathtaking view of the Citadel.

 

The Citadel and the imposing stone sentry that dominates the city. Its four cannons have watched over the sea for more than 4 centuries. Shaved for the first time in 1596, then quickly rebuilt, Louis XIV installed a royal garrison there. Today, a naval museum has taken place in the keep and keeps in memory the maritime vocation of Saint-Tropez.

 

The Lattitude 43, an imposing white building in the shape of an ocean liner, designed by the brilliant architect Georges-Henri Pingusson in 1932 was built in barely six months, in reinforced concrete. Originally, a luxury hotel complex, ultra modern and avant-garde, with 110 rooms, restaurant, swimming pool, tennis court, casino, shops….

The architect, who designed the entire building, also designed the furnishings, lighting, carpets and even staff costumes. Unfortunately, the hotel was only open for a few seasons and then requisitioned during the World War, before being converted into private apartments in 1948.

 

To see and learn all about the hidden treasures of Saint-Tropez, take advantage of our guided tours led by our passionate guides!

 

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