Chapelle Saint-Blaise

Saint-Blaise des Simples Chapel

Discover an iconic landmark of Milly-la-Forêt, a building steeped in local history, and the last resting place of Jean Cocteau.

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Description

In this 12th-century chapel, the last remaining part of a former leper house, lepers would come to pray to St Blaise the Healer.

The adjoining garden offers a reminder of Milly’s tradition of growing medicinal plants. These plants, known as simples, were used at the time to relieve the lepers’ suffering.
In 1959, the town authorities enlisted Jean Cocteau to decorate the interior of the chapel, based on the theme of simples and resurrection. He designed magnificent flower stems rising up the walls towards the roof like a prayer ascending to heaven.

It was here, in the place that inspired him so much, that the illustrious poet and member of the Académie Française was laid to rest in 1963, alongside his final partner.

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Community facilities

Access and contact

Rue de l'Amiral de Graville
91490 Milly-la-Forêt

    Days and opening hours

    From 01/07 to 31/08/2021 between 10 am and 6 pm. Closed on Tuesday.
    From 01/09 to 30/09/2021 between 2 pm and 6 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
    From 01/10 to 30/11/2021, every Saturday and Sunday between 2 pm and 6 pm.

    Prices

    • 3 €
    • Adult: from 3 € Student: from 2.50 € Group adults: from 2.50 €.
      Free entry for children < 11 years, the drivers, disabled people and accompanying persons.

    Services

    • Pets welcome
    • Shop

    Activities

    • Temporary exhibition

    Tour

    Spoken languages

    • French

    Single services tour

    • Unguided individual tours available permanently
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    Accessibility

    • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs