Biot

The old part of the village on top of the hill

As is the case with so many villages, the oldest part of Biot is perched on a hill

Biot is one of the five founding communities of the technology park of Sophia Antipolis, along with Valbonne, Mougins, Antibes, and Vallauris. Biot is famous for its glass works and ceramics; the local glass factory organizes guided tours that should be part of every first-time visit to this village.

As the photos on the original Biot page were taken in January of 1998 (the page itself went up in February of 1999), we felt it was time to take a new batch of photos. It is interesting to look at some of the old pages and see how much effort was made to keep file sizes down to save precious bandwidth. Indeed, most people were on dial-up back then, whereas high-speed Internet is pretty much ubiquitous nowadays. Time permitting, we will redo some of the oldest pages to bring them in line with more recent additions to this web site.

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A pretty, if not very convenient, village map The entrance to the old village

A pretty, if not very convenient, village map

The entrance to the old village


Looking back towards the Valbonne–Biot road The 'Place Charles de Gaulle'

Looking back towards the Valbonne–Biot road

The Place Charles de Gaulle


On the 'Rue Saint-Sébastien' Side street

On the Rue Saint-Sébastien

Side street


'La Calade des Roses' Wall fountain

La Calade des Roses

Wall fountain


'Jardin Frédéric Mistral' The outdoor theater

Jardin Frédéric Mistral

The outdoor theater


In the 'Jardin Frédéric Mistral' Rooftops along the 'Calade des Migraniers'

In the Jardin Frédéric Mistral

Rooftops along the Calade des Migraniers


The 'Porte des Migraniers' Climbing up the 'Calade des Migraniers'

The Porte des Migraniers

Climbing up the Calade des Migraniers


Back alley Heading up Side street

Back alley

Heading up

Side street


'Rue Basse' Stairway to the 'Rue du Milan' Towards the upper part of the village

Rue Basse

Stairway to the Rue du Milan

Towards the upper part of the village


Archway Ivy Window

Archway

Ivy

Window


By the 'Rue des Orfèvres' The Biot glass factory

By the Rue des Orfèvres

The Biot glass factory


'Rue de la Poissonnerie' Heading for the 'Place des Arcades' Under the arcades

Rue de la Poissonnerie

Heading for the Place des Arcades

Under the arcades


'Place des Arcades' Looking from the church to the 'Place des Arcades'

Place des Arcades

Looking from the church to the Place des Arcades


'Rue de la Calade' Church entrance

Rue de la Calade

Church entrance


Inside the 'Sainte Marie-Madeleine' church Catastrophe square: an ominous place name!

Inside the Sainte Marie-Madeleine church

Catastrophe square: an ominous place name!

The name of this square deserves an explanation. There is a plaque that tells the story: on June 12, 1898, a village house suddenly collapsed. At the time, 49 people were seated at a table enjoying a meal to celebrate the first communion of some of their children. The spot where the house stood remains empty; probably due to superstition, nothing was ever rebuilt in that location, and the vacant lot is what is called Place de la Catastrophe today. Interestingly, the story related on the plaque is actually not quite correct: not just one, but three houses collapsed at 8:30 p.m. on June 12, 1898, and there were 26, not 23 casualties. In its edition of June 13, 1898, the daily paper Le Petit Niçois published a detailed account of the event. A copy of it is available here (in French only).


Early laundromat... Flowery bacony

Early laundromat...

Flowery balcony


They love flowers in Biot! 'Rue Vieille Boucherie'

They love flowers in Biot!

Rue Vieille Boucherie


Museum of Biot History and Ceramics Tourist shop

Museum of Biot History and Ceramics

Tourist shop


On the 'Rue Saint-Sébastien' The 'Place Charles de Gaulle' is getting busy...

On the Rue Saint-Sébastien

The Place Charles de Gaulle is getting busy...


...while the 'Crèperie' is still awaiting its first customers. Home and studio of legendary guitarist Peter Dolan

...while the Crèperie is still awaiting its first customers.

Home and studio of legendary guitarist Peter Dolan

The photos on this page were all taken on Saturday, August 17, 2013.

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