THE CHAPELS OF THE WHITE PENITENTS IN LA BRIGUE
At the gates of the Mercantour, the authentic village of La Brigue is famed for its remarkable heritage. And the Menton region is brimming with baroque treasures. Just like the two chapels of the Pénitents Blancs [White Penitents], which are the perfect example of the Baroque in Nice. On the one hand, the Chapelle de l’Assomption [Chapel of the Assumption] presents a Renaissance-style façade and an Italian-style belfry. Inside, its baroque style decor joins paintings dedicated to the Virgin Mary. On the other hand, the Chapelle de l’Annonciation [Chapel of the Annunciation] is used as a museum of religious art. Here, you can find the most important reliquaries of the parish, liturgical vestments and votive offerings. The chapel has an elliptical layout, characteristic of baroque art, with wall decoration and fake marble. Dedicated to the mysteries of the Incarnation, its decor are illustrations of Christ’s life cycle. These two jewels of baroque art were built in the 18th century by the Confrérie des Pénitents Blancs [the Confraternity of the White Penitents], one of the oldest friaries in the County of Nice.