©

Sospel trip planner

Create a fully customized day-by-day itinerary for free
Trip Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Sospel

4.7
Churches · Bridges · Historic Sites
Sospel is a commune and former schismatic episcopal seat in the Alpes-Maritimes department in southeastern France near the Italian border and not far from Monte Carlo.History and remainsThe town dates back to the 5th century, when it served as an important staging post on the royal road from Nice to Turin. Its main monument is the former cathedral. The old toll bridge used by travellers to cross the Bévéra, built in the 13th century, still stands. It was bombed by the Germans during World War II to prevent contact between the French Resistance ("The Maquis") and the Italians. Much of the town was destroyed. Renovated after World War II it now houses the tourist office. The ruins of a tower, part of a château (residential castle) belonging to the counts of Provence, are all that remain of the 14th century city walls.Ecclesiastical historyDuring the Western Schism, the Diocese of Ventimiglia (Vintimille in French) was split : the canonical bishop, still residing in Ventimiglia, obedient to the Pope in Rome, controlled the territories dependent of the Italian dogal Republic of Genua, but an uncanonical line of rival anti-bishops (1381-1418), obedient to the Antipope of Avignon, established their schismatical see 'of Ventimiglia' in Sospel(lo), with sway over the diocese's 'French' territories dependent on the County of Savoy and the lordship of Tenda.
Plan your visit to Sospel and other destinations in France using our France trip planner.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Sospel

  • Get a personalized trip
    A full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place. Everyone on the same page.

Top Sospel tours

Places to visit with Sospel

NiceTrip planner Best for: World heritage site, Landmark, Lookout MarseilleTrip planner Best for: Religious Site, Pier / Boardwalk, History Museum AntibesTrip planner Best for: Aquarium, Historic Walking Area, Art Museum CannesTrip planner Best for: Island, Landmark, Nightlife AvignonTrip planner Best for: Castle, Bridge, Landmark