Water

Puits de la Vierge
In Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne, like in many other villages in the pays de Grasse, springs are rare. And there’s a good reason for this, because we are on limestone plateaux where water filters down into the ground very easily. Local villagers quickly...
The Siagne canal
The Siagne canal is an important heritage site in the pays de Grasse that saw the light of day thanks to the large-scale public works that were undertaken during the nineteenth century. The canal is around fifty kilometres long and flows through the...
Foulon canal
Twenty years after the Siagne canal was created in eighteen sixty-eight, the Alpes-Maritimes department got another canal: the Foulon canal. Faced with a growing and urgent need for water, Grasse city council purchased the Foulon spring on the...
Water in the village
Although Cabris’ hilltop location is one of the things that makes the little village so charming, it also explains the difficulties the community had with getting the water supply they badly needed for their farms and for everyday life. Like its...
The Rabuis fountain and its iconography
The magnificent ornamental fountain in its solid stone setting in the main courtyard of the town hall in Grasse was the work of Grasse sculptor Camille Rabuis. It was created in eighteen fifty-five and represents the city of Grasse. In order to...

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The Troussane fountain and wash-house
The commune of Le Rouret was created in the early nineteenth century and is a typical example of a scattered settlement. Supplying all the hamlets in the commune with water was therefore no easy task. Nevertheless, throughout its history, the...
The Siagne canal
Before it goes past the Notre-Dame de vie chapel, the 50-kilometre-long Siagne canal has already flowed through the communes of Saint-Cézaire-sur-Siagne, Le Tignet, Peymeinade, Grasse and Mouans-Sartoux. Although it has many attractive features like...
The paper mill at Bar-sur-Loup
Flat ground on the banks of a river with woods nearby: sounds like a great place to relax. But the Saint-Jean district where you now are was certainly not a relaxing place in the sixteenth century. This was a period when many of the local landowners...
The water and the tanneries of Grasse
We’re now on the place des Aires with its distinct vaulted arcades. It was originally located outside the medieval town, but was incorporated within the last city wall to be built., there has always been a lot of industrial activity here, the most...
The covered wash-house
You’re in front of the covered public wash-house in Tourrettes-sur-Loup, a building that visitors often find surprising. This recently restored wash-house is more like a cave, built as it is up against a sedimentary limestone wall, which is the...
A monumental fountain and a wash-house
What you’re looking at now are some public facilities that were built between eighteen fifty and eighteen fifty-two at a time when local councils were putting a great deal of energy into bringing water to the villages and hamlets. The group of...
The Béal and the Lérins monastery
The Béal canal runs parallel to the Siagne river across the commune of La Roquette-sur-Siagne, and its name can tell us a lot about the history of the area. Let’s look at what the word Béal means. Béal , is the word used in the south of France to...