Vence is one of those rare mediaeval towns which have retained their walls and to have an old town in the form of an ellipse.

From one particular date in the 15th century the inhabitants were allowed to build their houses against the walls, thus keeping those walls intact, notably in the Rue de la Coste.

At no.38 is a house with corbelling – an extension of the main room overhanging the street.

On the Boulevard Paul André, outside the walls, the crenellations and some arrow-slits, partly filled in by later construction, can still be seen.

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