Cap Ferret’s oldest place of worship is the curious Sainte Marie du Cap, also known as Chapelle de l’Herbe, but most often referred to as Chapelle de la Villa Algérienne.
The "Algerian Villa" in question once stood barely 100 metres away from the spot where the chapel can be found, on the Bassin d’Arcachon-side waterfront of the affluent presqu’île, near to the picturesque fishing village L’Herbe.
|The villa as it once was (source: lecapferret.net), and the modern-day residence which has taken its place. The metal railings are the only common denominator.|
|The scene as it used to be as viewed from a jetty, with the chapel to the left, the "villa" to the right, and further long-lost Moorish constructions in-between (picture source: tourist information panel).|
|The chapel today: Léon Lesca would no doubt be delighted to see the chapel is now covered by free wi-fi.|
|Inside the chapel sights include a magnificent flying boat.|
- Find it on the Invisible Bordeaux map:
- Chapelle de la Villa Algérienne, Village de l'Herbe, Cap Ferret.