Sainte-Agnès (Alpes-Maritimes)

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Coat of arms of Sainte-Agnès
Sainte-Agnès (France)
region Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur
Department Alpes-Maritimes
Arrondissement Nice
Canton Menton
Community association Riviera Française
Coordinates 43 ° 48 '  N , 7 ° 28'  E Coordinates: 43 ° 48 '  N , 7 ° 28'  E
height 76-1,238 m
surface 9.37 km 2
Residents 1,328 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 142 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 06500
INSEE code

View of Sainte-Agnès

Sainte-Agnès is a French commune with 1,328 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) in the Alpes-Maritimes department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region . The inhabitants are called Agnésois , in earlier times Gaïnés .

Sainte-Agnès describes itself as the Village du littoral le plus haut d'Europe, ie “the highest coastal village in Europe”. The Les Plus Beaux Villages de France association has declared the place one of the most beautiful villages in France .


View of Sainte-Agnès from the direction of Gorbio

The municipality towers above the city of Menton and consists of three geographically clearly separated parts: the village center from the 11th century, the districts in the valley, including les Castagnins , le Pescaïre and le Figourne , and the district of les Cabrolles , which borders Menton.


According to legend, an Italian princess by the name of Agnès was surprised by a terrible storm while hiking, but eventually found shelter in a grotto in the village.

The strategically well-located fortress in the border area from the 12th century was coveted and opposed in the past by many royal houses, including the Ventimiglia ( Liguria ), Hauteville , Candia ( Piedmont ) families , the Counts from Provence , the House of Savoy and finally the Grimaldis . The village later belonged to the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont and fell back to France in 1860 when this kingdom was dissolved in united Italy .

A modern fortress was built in 1932. It was the southernmost point of the Maginot Line and was intended to prevent enemy troops from invading Italy. From a viewing platform near the fortress and also from the castle you have a great view of the Mediterranean Sea with Menton and Cap Martin .

Population development

year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007 2016
Residents 312 304 361 455 944 1094 1169 1271
Sources: Cassini and INSEE


  • Le Patrimoine des Communes des Alpes-Maritimes . Flohic Editions, Volume 2, Paris 2000, ISBN 2-84234-071-X , pp. 568-571.

Web links

Commons : Sainte-Agnès  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Sainte-Agnès on Les plus Beaux Villages de France (French)