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Medieval village of Biot


Biot is a tiny, medieval village, located on the Côte d'Azur. Less than a half hour from Nice and its prestigious Palais de la Méditerranée, and two minutes from the beaches, the village of Biot offers numerous cultural, historic and natural attractions. Famous for its craftsmen, the village owes its name to the Biot glassworks, built in 1956 by Eloi Monod. A visit there enables one to observe the minute work of the master craftsmen and to discover the grand Biot tradition of blown glass. In the Biot Glass Ecomuseum, visitors can try their hand at blowing glass and learn about the ancient tools and raw materials.

The village is also known for its Fernand Léger museum, devoted to the painter of the same name, who contributed greatly to the artistic life of the village. The museum exhibits most of his work and possesses a very rich collection of paintings, drawings, bronzes, ceramics and tapestries. The museum was installed on the former property of the artist, the Saint-André farm, where he lived until his death in 1955.

After visiting the glassworks and the Fernand Léger Museum, a walk through the tiny, ancient streets over 2,000 years old will allow one to discover more than 60 artists and craftsmen working in the village, concentrating mainly on ceramics and silversmithing.

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