After visiting the caves, which offer excellent views over the roofs of the village, wander along the pretty Cours Gambetta, in the shade of century-old plane trees, refreshed by two beautiful fountains. This square is a nice place to spend some time, sitting at one of the café or restaurant terraces, or wandering through the picturesque old streets, lined with tall ochre-coloured hourses. Certified as a ‘Village de Caractère du Var’, Cotignac is absolutely delightful!
Cotignac is known for sightings of the Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus in the 16th century. The Notre Dame de Grâces refuge was built to commemorate these sightings, and is also a place charged with history. In 1660, Louis XIV came here with his mother, Anne of Austria, to give thanks for his birth. The king placed a votive offering of black marble, which can still be viewed inside the chapel of the refuge. A popular pilgrimage destination, the Notre Dame de Grâces refuge is now a member of the network of est Sanctuary Towns in France
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