Grasse

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Grasse

Coordinates: 43°40′00″N 6°55′00″E / 43.6667°N 6.9167°E / 43.6667; 6.9167


Grasse (Provençal Occitan: Grassa in classical norm (and Italian) or Grasso in Mistralian norm) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department (of which it is a sub-prefecture), on the French Riviera.

The town is considered as the world's capital of perfume.[1] It obtained two flowers in the Concours des villes et villages fleuris contest [2] and was made "Ville d'Art et d'Histoire" (town of art and history).[3]

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Main sights

Grasse's main attraction is the Cathedral, dedicated to Notre Dame du Puy and founded in the 11th century. In the interior, are three works by Rubens and one by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, a French painter native of the town.

Other sights include:

  • Saracen Tower, standing at 30 m.
  • monumental gate of the Hôtel de ville.
  • Fragonard Museum, established in 1921.
  • International Museum of Perfume
  • Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence
  • Church of Placassier, built in 1644

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). Many "noses" are trained or have spent time in Grasse. 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.[citation needed]

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