The tomb of Prosper Mérimée, located in the cemetery of Grand Jas in Cannes, was inscribed under the title of Historical Monuments by an order of the prefect of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region dated June 7, 2019.

Prosper Mérimée, born in 1803, initially a writer, succeeded Ludovic Vitet in 1834 as inspector general of historical monuments after joining the administration of the July Monarchy. He is at the origin of the construction of the Historical Monuments Service. Until 1860, he criss-crossed France to safeguard its heritage. It was at his initiative that the young Viollet-le-Duc was entrusted with the restoration of major monuments such as the basilica of Vézelay, Mont-Saint-Michel, the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, or the city of Carcassonne. His important literary work brought him to the Académie française in 1844. Appointed senator in 1853, close to Empress Eugénie, he took part in the court life under Napoleon III. He left his post as inspector general of historic monuments in 1860 while remaining a member of the Commission des monuments historiques. He spent the last years of his life, marked by illness, on the French Riviera, and died in Cannes on September 23, 1870. He is buried in the Protestant square of the Grand Jas cemetery. Opened in 1866, this cemetery is one of the public developments made during the Second Empire, as a result of the success of the Cannes resort with the European aristocracy from the 1830s.

Prosper Mérimée is a key figure in France’s national heritage and cultural life. This protection confirms the historical and heritage importance of its last home. A classification for the historical monuments of the tomb will be submitted to the National Commission for Heritage and Architecture; following the wish in this sense issued by the Regional Commission for Heritage and Architecture. » Franck Riester, Minister of Culture.