Sainte marie-madeleine church
Rebuilt in the 15th century on the foundation of a former Romanesque church, Sainte Marie-Madeleine is the jewel of Biot’s historical and cultural heritage. Designated a historical monument in 1984, it has two unique features: the presence of two doors and the fact that the steps go down into the nave instead of up.
Place des Arcades
In the centre of the village, the Place des Arcades square is a must-see heritage sight in Biot. The square was originally a Roman castrum and then the headquarters of the Knights Templar. Today, it bears the distinctive architecture of the Ligurians that it inherited when Biot was repopulated by the Italians in the 15th century.
Porte des Tines
At the end of the Middle Ages, three gates protected the village from invasion, one of which was since destroyed. The Porte des Tines still stands in the middle of an intersection of flower-lined pedestrian streets, creating a steep and charming setting. The hinges used to close the wooden door can still be seen.
Porte des Migraniers
In better condition that the Porte des Tines, the Porte des Migraniers is on the cobblestone street of the same name that leads to the Place des Arcades. Discover the remnants of a tower and the wall walk that once crossed over the gate.
Avec ses airs d’oratoire, la chapelle Saint-Roch date au moins du XVIe siècle, mais l’édifice est peut-être plus ancien encore. Désormais propriété de la municipalité de Biot, elle fut dédiée à Saint Roch afin qu’il protège le village des épidémies de peste.
From the 16th century, but maybe even earlier, Saint-Julien Chapel was long inhabited by hermits and is now privately owned. Saint Julian has a long history with Biot: a celebration in his name takes place every year at the end of August, with a procession from Sainte-Marie-Madeleine Church to Saint-Julien Chapel to honour the saint’s relics.