Antibes is a resort located not far away from Nice. This is an old and a beautiful town and a famous beach resort. Antibes combines medieval streets, azure seaside and an ancient fortress. These are also the first associations people name, when asked about this magnificent place.
The main symbol of Antibes is Fort Carre, which is located in the western side of the city. The fort was built in 1565 and has quite an uncommon shape for buildings of that period as it is made in the form of a four-point star. The fort was additionally strengthened in the 18th century according to the order of Louis XIV, who made this place his main military base. The fort was also chosen as the prison for Napoleon Bonaparte, who stayed here in 1794, waiting for his death penalty.
The so called Old City is the best place to watch numerous ancient buildings and see the most notable sights of Antibes - Chateau Grimaldi and Church of the Immaculate Conception. These building were created in the 12-13th centuries and stayed in almost perfect condition up to our days. The castle was significantly expanded in the 16th century and in 1925 it was decided to turn it into a museum dedicated to the history of the town. There is also one more interesting place in the old city of Antibes. It will be particularly interesting to shoppers as they will find many interesting things there. This place is one of the largest markets in whole France.