Le Bar-sur-Loup

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Le Bar-sur-Loup
A general view of the village
A general view of the village
Coat of arms of Le Bar-sur-Loup
Coat of arms
Location of Le Bar-sur-Loup
Le Bar-sur-Loup is located in France
Le Bar-sur-Loup
Le Bar-sur-Loup
Le Bar-sur-Loup is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Le Bar-sur-Loup
Le Bar-sur-Loup
Coordinates: 43°42′07″N 6°59′23″E / 43.702°N 6.9897°E / 43.702; 6.9897Coordinates: 43°42′07″N 6°59′23″E / 43.702°N 6.9897°E / 43.702; 6.9897
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
IntercommunalityCA Sophia Antipolis
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Richard Ribero
14.47 km2 (5.59 sq mi)
 • Density200/km2 (530/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
06010 /06620
Elevation100–1,312 m (328–4,304 ft)
(avg. 310 m or 1,020 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Le Bar-sur-Loup is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France.

Originally known simply as Le Bar, the commune was renamed Le Bar-sur-Loup by a decree dated 27 March 1961 published in the Journal Officiel on 1 April, with effect from 2 April 1961.

Its inhabitants are known as aubarnais - aubarnenc in Occitan - or simply barois.


The commune gets its name from the Loup, a coastal river that runs through it. The Loup flows into the Mediterranean near Villeneuve-Loubet.


Famous ruins of a railway viaduct are located in the nearby village of Pont-du-Loup. The viaduct was destroyed by German soldiers who occupied the village during the Second World War. In August 1944, the Germans evacuated the village and blew up the viaduct. Later, la Compagnie des Grands Travaux de Marseille (a public construction company at the time) ordered the destruction of remaining parts of the viaduct that were close to collapse. On the other hand, pillars that were considered as non-dangerous were left in place, and serve as a reminder of the time for local inhabitants.

Places and monuments[edit]

Church of Saint-Jacques-le-Majeur

The carvings on the door are quite notable. On the inside is an altarpiece painted by Ludovico Brea, dating to the 16th century, as well as statues from the 17th century. In the back of the church, there is a wood carving of a danse macabre from the 15th century.

Le château des comtes de Grasse

A quadrangular building built on vaulted cellars, with two towers to the south and a smaller one to the north. The castle was sacked in 1792 and sold to the villagers in 1832. Restored, it was divided into apartments. It was the birthplace of François Joseph Paul de Grasse on 13 September 1722. He became the Comte de Grasse and served as a career French naval general,
At the entrance to the courtyard before the castle is a broad-based square tower. This is the old castle keep, now used as a tourist office. Before it was dismantled in 1792, it had seven storeys. A museum has been set up on the first floor which tells the stories of the village's most famous residents. The Chateau de Grasse is now operated as a hotel.



Historical population


During Lent, a count in Le Bar held a party during which all the guests died. A danse macabre was painted to commemorate this divine punishment. It shows Death as an archer, firing arrows at the guests. Ghosts rise from the mouths of the corpses in the form of small, naked people, who are weighed in a balance held by Saint Michael (sitting at the feet of Christ). The ghosts are sent into the jaws of a monster, representing the entrance to hell.

Notable persons[edit]

Sister city[edit]

Le Bar-sur-Loup has a sister city:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Populations légales 2017". INSEE. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Le Bar Sur Loup" (in French). Association du Clue Des Jeunes du Bar Sur Loup. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02. Retrieved 2007-07-08.