La Turbie

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La Turbie

La Turbie is built, partly, with old stones recovered from the ruins of the Trophy of the Alpes (Trophy of Augustus), a monument built 2,000 years ago by the Romans to the glory of Emperor Augustus, (remember he was in power when Jesus was born), the conqueror of the last Ligurian tribes, the Trophee d’Auguste originally stood 49 metres high and was topped by a giant statue of the Emperor. La Turbie, on the Alpis Summa, the border between Gaul and Italy was a strategic point on the Aurelian Way. It was used as a fortress in the 12th century, dismantled by Louis XIV, and was then transformed into a … stone quarry. It was subsequently restored by a generous American donor called Edward Tuck. Today all that remains is a fraction of the tower with its columns and niches where the statues where placed.  At the foot of the Trophee, the village of La Turbie has preserved the charm of its glorious past virtually intact, in a harmonious mixture of styles – medieval, classical and baroque.

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La Turbie

La Turbie