Arrière Pays: Exploring the Medieval Village of Sospel
Sospel goes back to the 5th century was an important staging post on the royal road from Nice to Turin. The 13th century toll bridge was used by travellers to cross the Bévéra and though bombed by the Germans during the Second World War, it was faithfully restored along with much of the town that was damaged. The main part of the old town is on the same side as the station, a few minutes walk down towards the river.
During the medieval ages during the schism when there were two popes, the Diocese of Ventimiglia was obedient to the Pope in Rome, but the rival Avignon popes ( Protected content ), established their own see 'of Ventimiglia' in Sospel, with influence over the 'French' territories dependent on the County of Savoy and the lordship of Tende.
Sospel Cathedral can be found in Place Saint-Michel and is a pure Provençal baroque style. Le Petit Sospellois in the corner of the square is an ideal place for lunch. There’s plenty to explore if you don’t want to spend your time sketching. To get there, the 09:16 departure from Nice Ville gets you there by 10:11. If you sit in the last carriage, there is a commentary on the history of the on the history of the villages the Train des Merveilles passes. There is a train back at 15:52 getting you back to Nice at 16:50 (or a later one at 17:45).
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