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Overview:

Grasse is a town and episcopal see in southeast France. It is a commune of the Alpes-Maritimes département (of which it is a sous-préfecture), on the French Riviera.

Perfume:

Grasse has had a prospering perfume industry since the end of the 18th century. Grasse is the center of the French perfume industry and is known as the world's perfume capital (la capitale mondiale des parfums). It produces over two-thirds of France's natural aromas (for perfume and for food flavourings). This industry turns over more than 600 million euros a year. Grasse's particular microclimate encouraged the flower farming industry. It is warm and far enough inland to be sheltered from the sea air. There is an abundance of water, thanks to its situation in the hills and the 1860 construction of the Siagne canal for irrigation purposes. The town is 350 m above sea level and 20 km from the Coast (Côte d'Azur). Jasmine, a key ingredient of many perfumes, was brought to the South of France by the Moors, in the 16th century. Twenty-seven tonnes of jasmine are now harvested in Grasse every year. There are numerous 'perfumeries' in Grasse, each with tours and a museum.

Ecclesiastical history:

About the middle of the thirteenth century, the see of Antibes was transferred to Grasse. Bishops of Grasse worthy of mention are: Cardinal Agostino Trivulzio (1537-1648); the poet Antoine Godeau (1636-53), one of the most celebrated habitués of the Hôtel de Rambouillet, where he was nicknamed "Julia's dwarf" on account of his small stature. The arrondissement of Grasse was separated from the diocese of Fréjus in 1886, and given to the bishopric of Nice which since unites the three former Dioceses of Nice, Grasse and Vence.

Festivals:

There is an annual Fête du Jasmin or La Jasminade, at the beginning of August. The first festival was on the 3 August–4 August 1946. These days, it is a big event; decorated floats drive through the town, with young women in skimpy costumes on board, throwing flowers onto the crowds. This is known as the 'flower battle' and everyone gets soaked by the natural perfume of the flowers. There are also fireworks, free parties, folk music groups and street performers. There is also an annual international exhibition of roses ("Expo Rose"). This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia article Grasse - See Authors history list.

SightSeeing

  • JARDINS DE LA VILLA NOUAILLES
    Built in 1947 by Vicomte de Noailles, who chose the location for the presence of a spring providing water for the canal and fountains, even in the heat of summer. In the gardens, the season are ponctuated[...]
  • MUSEE D'ART ET D'HISTOIRE DE PROVENCE
    Housed in an elegant 17th-century mansion, this museum portrays everyday life in eastern Provence since prehistoric times.
  • MUSEE DE LA MARINE - MEMORIAL AMIRAL DE GRASSE
    Museum devoted to the life and career of a great sea-farer from Provence: François-Joseph, Paul Count of Grasse ; exhibition of model ships. > Open all year round, except in November. Closed Sundays from[...]
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