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Menton - Basilique Saint-Michel Archange

Menton - Basilique Saint-Michel Archange

The Basilica's construction begun in 1640 under the reign of HonorŽ II, although it took several centuries until completion. A bell tower 53-meters high was built in 1701 by architect Emmanuel Monaco Cantone, but it was not until 1819 that the facade was completed in the 17th -century style. It was proclaimed a Basilica in March 1999, by decree of Pope Jean-Paul II. The Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel welcomes more than 100,000 tourists each year.