Previous: The Flowers of Tende
After smelling the flowers of Tende, we started our little (re)-exploration of this medieval mountain town which used to belong to Italy but joined France in 1947 as part of war reparations. Hence, it is still very Italianesque…
Some signages are still in Italian and if you go to their shops or the one and only pharmacy, you will hear Italian spoken for everyone seems to be bilingual. Not surprising since Italy is just half an hour away!
I love stencils! A lot of the buildings, like the Hotel de Ville, are decorated with colourful stencils.
The railway viaduct and mountains in the background -aren’t they perfect for a film shoot?
Above the doors of houses are lintels dating between the fifteenth and sixteenth century. They are usually decorated with religious symbols as legend says, it is a form of protection from devilish incursions…..
Not only lintels but shrines, too!
Walk on single file only!
The Collegiate church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption is a Historic Monument. Rebuilt after being destroyed by fire in 1446, it is only between the 17th and 18th century that it received a baroque setting. The statues of the twelve Apostles around Christ above the door are made of green slate stones derived from the mountains of the Roya .
The imposing clock tower and tiled dome of the Collegiate church
The Baroque style altar with several paintings of the “Our-Lady-of-the Assomption”, testifying to the splendour of Tende during the last centuries.
We stopped by a boulangerie to buy baguettes….
and some patisserie for our picnic later…
And before leaving, we tried to buy our one year supply of cheese but we couldn’t even lift it so we just settled for a photo souvenir!