Îles de Lérins off the French Riviera

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Monastry of Saint-Honorat © Hermes from mars/cc-by-sa-3.0

Monastry of Saint-Honorat © Hermes from mars/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Lérins Islands are a group of four Mediterranean islands off the French Riviera, near Cannes. The two largest islands in this group are the Île Sainte-Marguerite and the Île Saint-Honorat. The smaller Îlot Saint-Ferréol and Îlot de la Tradelière are uninhabited. Administratively, the islands belong to the commune of Cannes. The islands are first known to have been inhabited during Roman times. Under the French Revolution, the Île Sainte-Marguerite and the Île Saint-Honorat were renamed the Île Marat and the Île Lepeletier, after secular martyrs.

It only takes a 15-minute boat ride from Cannes to get to Île Sainte-Marguerite, but it took The Man in the Iron Mask 11 years to leave this tiny, forested island. The mysterious individual was believed to be of noble blood, but his identity has never been proven. His cell can be visited in the Fort of St Marguerite, now renamed the Musée de la Mer (Museum of the Sea). This museum also houses archaeological discoveries from shipwrecks off the coast of the island, including Roman and Saracen ceramics. There is a regular boat service from the mainland. Guided tours in English are available in summer.

Île Saint-Honorat - Vineyards of Saint-Honorat Abbey © Florian Pépellin/cc-by-sa-3.0 Île Saint-Honorat - Abbaye de Lérins entrance © Florian Pépellin/cc-by-sa-3.0 Sainte-Marguerite map © Guilhem06/cc-by-2.5 Île Sainte-Marguerite - Fort Royal © Christophe.Finot/cc-by-sa-2.5 Île Sainte-Marguerite with Fort Royal © Abxbay/cc-by-sa-3.0 Monastry of Saint-Honorat © Hermes from mars/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Île Saint-Honorat - Vineyards of Saint-Honorat Abbey © Florian Pépellin/cc-by-sa-3.0
The Île de Saint-Honorat bears the name of the founder of the monastery of Lérins, Saint Honoratus. It was founded around the year 410. It is in this monastery that Saint Porcarius lived and probably was killed during an invasion by Saracens. According to tradition, Saint Patrick, patron of Ireland, studied there in the fifth century.

A fortified monastery was built between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries. In 1047 the islands were raided by Muslim Andalusi pirates. The monastic community today lives in a monastery built during the nineteenth century.

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