The celebrities’ chapel
This has been the case since the 12th century, when the chapel was built and rebuilt and slightly extended in 1654. Listed as a historical monument since 1927, its last renovation dates back to 2012, when the site was restored by the town of Mougins, thanks to the support of the DRAC PACA, the PACA Region, the Conseil Général 06 and numerous donors who took part in the public subscription with the Fondation du Patrimoine.
A respite sanctuary
Until 1730, the site was a sanctuary known as a “respite” where families came from all over the region to have their stillborn children baptised. The Guinness family, former owners of the Mas Notre-Dame-De-Vie and the hermitage cemetery, had the remains of the little bodies transferred under a single slab under the protection of a Virgin and Child, with the epitaph: ” Here lie innocent children who died at birth. R.I.P .
Until the 1970s, a procession took place between the village and the chapel, celebrating Sainte-Innocence, a virgin martyred in Rimini in 390 and patron Saint of Mougins.
From the Guinness family to Picasso
However, he was not the only famous person to enjoy the location. Indeed, it is said about the chapel that “the whole world has come to see it”: from musicians Mstislav Rostropovitch and Arthur Rubinstein to Charlie Chaplin, not forgetting Jean Cocteau or Winston Churchill.
The garden and the tomb
The retreat’s treasures
Opening times for the chapel and “Trésor de ND de Vie” museum :
- • Every day in July and August, from 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 19:00
- • Every weekend in May, June and September from 10:00 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 19:00
- • Every Sunday from October to April from 10:00 to 16:00
501-869 chemin de la Chapelle
Accessible to people with reduced mobility