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Cap d'Antibes - Musée Naval & Napoléonien

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Cap d'Antibes - Musée Naval & Napoléonien.

La cache se trouve à l'extérieur du musée dans un endroit remarquable du Cap d'Antibes.

The cache can be found outside of the museum on a remarkable site of the Cap d’Antibes.

A la pointe du cap d’Antibes, la tour du Grillon (ou Graillon) surplombe les vestiges d’une ancienne batterie. En raison de sa position stratégique, face aux îles de Lérins, elle commandait l’un des accès à la plage du golfe Juan où Napoléon débarquait le 1er mars 1815. Sans doute, ce site historique avait-il déjà sa vocation.

André Sella, directeur du Grand Hôtel du cap d’Antibes, est un important collectionneur de documents et objets liés à un épisode de l’épopée impériale : le retour de l’île d’Elbe. Dès 1952, sa collection s’enrichissant et s’étendant autour du thème principal du débarquement de l’Empereur, André Sella obtient de la Marine la location du site pour y transférer sa collection.

Douze ans plus tard, il reçoit la visite du Capitaine de vaisseau Vichot, directeur des Musées de la Marine. L’officier, séduit par la réalisation d’André Sella, lui propose d’en confier la gestion à l’Association des Amis des Musées de la Marine. André Sella fait alors don de sa collection aux Musées de la Marine.

Avec l’aide financière de la Ville d’Antibes, le musée est agrandi et devient le « musée naval et napoléonien ». Il est inauguré le 30 mai 1964.

Un magnifique parc d’essence méditerranéennes entoure le musée avec un panorama admirable sur la baie de Juan-les-Pins et de Golfe-Juan et les contreforts de l’Esterel.

English:
On the tip of the Cap d'Antibes, the Grillon tower overhangs the remains of an ancient battery. Because of its strategic position, opposite the Lérins islands, it controlled one of the accesses to the beach of Golfe Juan where Napoleon landed on 1st of March 1815. Certainly this historic site had already found its vocation.

André Sella, manager of the Grand Hotel on Cap d'Antibes, had a large collection of documents and objects from the Napoleonic era, from the time of Napoleon's return from Elba. In 1952, the Navy granted him permission to use this site to house his growing collection of memorabilia of the Emperor's landing.

Twelve years later, he received a visit from the Captain of the ship named Vichot, the Director of Maritime museums. The officer was so impressed by what André Sella had achieved that he offered him the post of manager of the Association of Friends of Maritime Museums. André Sella then donated his collection to the Maritime Museum.
With financial aid from Antibes council, the museum grew and became the Napoleonic Museum. It was opened on 30 May 1964.

A magnificent park with meditteranean tree species surrounds the museum, with a wonderful view of Juan-les-Pins bay, Golfe Juan and the foothills of the Esterel.

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