l'hopital, le bagne

L Hopital, Le Bagne

Historic site and monument in Villefranche-sur-Mer

  • Built in 1769, it was abandoned in 1850 and the galley-slaves then transferred to Imperia in Italy.

  • Built in 1769, it was abandoned in 1850 and the galley-slaves then transferred to Imperia in Italy. It returned to service in 1870 and served as quarantine station for prisoners from Nice who had cholera. Afterwards, it was made available to the Russians for the storage of their coal reserves. Transformed in 1885 into a Russian zoological research station. Attached to the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research) in the 1930s. Presently an oceanographic observatory.
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