The history of biot
Take a journey through time and relive the twists and turns of the village’s history, from when it was controlled by the Celto-Ligurians, to the reconstruction by the Italians in the late 15th century, up to the creation of the Sophia-Antipolis technology park.Discover the history of biot
street and neighbourhood names
There are a few mysteries behind the names of places in Biot. Discover the meaning of the expressions that lend their names to Biot’s streets and squares, as well as the definitions of the Provençal words that add a touch of authenticity to the village’s linguistic heritage.Read more
The coat of arms
Discover the secrets and origins of Biot’s coat of arms, intimately linked to the history of the village. Why does it feature a Maltese cross and a paschal Iamb? And what’s the motto of the Provençal village?
The golden goat
Undoubtedly a legacy from the time when the Romans lived in the area, the Chèvre d’Or mausoleum takes its name from an ancient legend. Reflect on the mysterious past of this building, a historical monument since 1943.
Before becoming a village of glassmakers, Biot was known for its pottery, thanks to the rich volcanic soil of the Dôme des Aspres natural site. The Biot Vase was once exported around the world. Relive the rise and fall of the village’s iconic industry, which reached its peak in the 18th century.Discover Pottery
The community vineyard
The volcanic soil of Biot was also favourable for growing grape vines in the land around the town. In the 17th century, wine was an essential part of the village’s economy. Discover the role of servant doré: this grape variety keeps well and owes its presence in Biot to a soil rich in volcanic ash.
Sites & monuments
There are numerous medieval vestiges in and around Biot. Sainte Marie-Madeleine Church, a fascinating and unusual historical monument, is not the only cultural attraction in Biot. Discover plenty of not-to-be-missed sites during your visit in Biot, including medieval chapels, the gates that once sealed the entrances to the village and the must-see Place des Arcades.