Photographer's Note

»ze has been described as an ďeagle's nestĒ because of its location overlooking a high cliff located 427m above sea level on the French Mediterranean. The high elevation enables the village and the light ochre church within (Notre Dame de líAssomption built in 1764) to be seen from afar. Inside the church, an Egyptian cross acts as a reminder that the roots of the village date back to the time of the Phoenicians, when they erected a temple there to honour the goddess Isis.

Traditionally, the territory of the Principality of Monaco was considered to begin in the »ze village (outskirts of Nice), running along the Mediterranean coast to Menton, on the present Italian border.

»ze is famous worldwide for the view of the sea from the top of its hill, and it is a renowned tourist site on the French Riviera. It is home to the Jardin botanique d'»ze, known for its collection of cactus and succulents as well as its panoramic views. Walt Disney spent a significant amount of time in »ze.
The oldest building in the village is the Chapelle de la Sainte Croix and dates back to 1306. Members of the lay order of the White Penitents of »ze, in charge of giving assistance to plague victims, would hold their meetings there. The shape of the bell-turret is an indication that the village once belonged to the Republic of Genoa.

The small medieval village is famous for its beauty and charm. It has many shops, art galleries, hotels and restaurants that attract a large number of tourists and honeymooners. As a result »ze has become a "museum village", few local residents live here. From »ze you have gorgeous views of the Mediterranean Sea. The Fragonard perfume factory has a sales outlet here.

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