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Grasse

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Grasse (French pronunciation: ​[ɡʁas]; Provençal Occitan: Grassa in classical norm (and Italian) or Grasso in Mistralian norm, Occitan pronunciation: [ˈɡɾasɔ]) is a commune in the Alpes-Maritimes department (of which it is a sub-prefecture), on the French Riviera. The town is considered the world's capital of perfume. It obtained two flowers in the Concours des villes et villages fleuris contest and was made "Ville d'Art et d'Histoire" (town of art and history).
Main sights
Three perfume factories offer daily tours and demonstrations, which draw in many of the region's visitors. In addition to the perfumeries, Grasse's other main attraction is the Cathedral, dedicated to Notre Dame du Puy and founded in the 11th century. In the interior, are three works by Rubens and one by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, a French painter native of the town. Other sights include: Saracen Tower, standing at 30m. Monumental gate of the Hôtel de ville International Museum of Perfume Musée d'Art et d'Histoire de Provence Church of Plascassier, built in 1644
Festivals
There is an annual Fête du Jasmin or La Jasminade, at the beginning of August. The first festival was on August 3-4, 1946. Decorated floats drive through the town, with young women in skimpy costumes on board, throwing flowers into the crowd. Garlands of jasmine decorate the town center, and the fire department fills a fire truck with jasmine-infused water to spray on the crowds. There are also fireworks, free parties, folk music groups and street performers. There is also an annual international exhibition of roses ("Expo Rose") held in May each year.
Transport
The Gare de Grasse railway station offers connections with Cannes, Nice and Ventimiglia.
Notable people
Grasse was the birthplace of: Jean-Honoré Fragonard, painter Jean Claude Gandur, businessman Marcel Journet, great operatic baritone Gazan de la Peyrière, general who fought under Napoleon Alexandre-Évariste Fragonard, painter and sculptor Charles Pasqua, businessman and politician Michèle Mouton, rally driver Thomas Pinault, professional footballer Albert Charpin, painter Jean-Claude Ellena, perfumer Gilles Marini, actor in Sex and the City Pierre Preville, racing driver Mélanie Bernier, actress Jacques Cavallier, perfumer Grasse was the death place of: Christian Calmes, Luxembourgian civil servant, lawyer, and historian Édith Piaf, French singer Prince Eugen of Bavaria, member of the Bavarian Royal House of Wittelsbach Lolo Ferrari, French dancer, sex star, pornographic actress, actress and singer Yvonne Rozille (1900–1985), film actress
Perfume
Grasse has had a prospering perfume industry since the end of the 18th century. Grasse is the centre of the French perfume industry and is known as the world's perfume capital (la capitale mondiale des parfums). Many "noses" (or, in French, "Les nez" (plural)/"Le nez" (singular)) are trained or have spent time in Grasse to distinguish over 2,000 kinds of scent. Grasse produces over...   ... (English)
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