There is an interesting legend connected to the chapel of Saint-Hospice. According to the locals, Saint Hospice lived in the tower where the chapel stands today. He repented in order to redeem society from its sins and to worship God. He also caused miraculous healings. After his death in 581, his cult developed in the region of Nice.
The earliest mention of the church of Saint-Hospice dates back to 1075 from the Saint-Pons map. It is said to have been built on the site of the tower where Saint-Hospice lived.
In 1615, the chapel was located in a fortress, which at that time served as a defence against the pirate ships that often plundered the Côte d’Azur. In 1655, the chapel was rebuilt in its present form. Nowadays the chapel is listed as a historic monument.
In 1903, an impressive 11-metre-high bronze statue of the Virgin and Child was erected near the chapel. The statue was to be placed on top of the tower of his property, but the military authorities objected.
It was moved to its present location in 1937 by chocolate manufacturer Jacques Menier, who acquired the land on which the statue stood.
Above all, the statue itself is really worth a visit, but the chapel is also beautiful, and also it is linked to the interesting legend of Saint Hospice.