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Monuments and churches

Nice is distinguished by a wide variety of architectural styles, originating from different periods.

Over the centuries of its somewhat turbulent history, Nice has retained the imprint of each age ...

What we now refer to as the Old City represented until the 18th century the entire urban area.  With its Baroque-style palaces and churches, colourful facades and narrow streets, the old city is now part of a heritage preservation scheme. 

Monuments and churches

place-du-monastere-de-cimiez
PLACE DU MONASTÈRE DE CIMIEZ
City center
The Franciscan cross on the square is a copy of the original inside the church dated 1477.
The marble cross 5.80 metres high bears several finely carved figures including the Seraph described in Saint Francis of Assisi’s visions.



- 06000 NICE
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le-cadran-solaire
LE CADRAN SOLAIRE
Sea side
On Quai Rauba Capeu which links Promenade des Anglais to the Port, a most unusual sundial gives the time thanks to the shadow of the human head.



Côté Est de la Promenade des Anglais - 06300 NICE
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EGLISE NOTRE DAME DU PORT
Port




Place Ile de Beauté - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 89 53 05
le-palais-de-la-prefecture
LE PALAIS DE LA PRÉFECTURE
City center
The palace of the Dukes of Savoy in the 17th century, a hospital during the French Revolution and the Prefecture when Nice became French in 1860, this building has been renovated several times.
Today, after having had different functions, the Palais...



1 place du Palais de Justice (rue de la Préfecture) - 06300 NICE
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stele-en-memoire-de-catherine-segurane
STÈLE EN MÉMOIRE DE CATHERINE SÉGURANE
Old Nice
Every year, a tribute is paid to Catherine Ségurane by a procession through the old city ending with mass in "niçois" in the Saint Martin Saint Augustin church, and flowers are placed on the monument in her honour.
In 1543, the Count of Enghien,...



rue Sincaire - 06300 NICE
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le-palais-de-la-mediterranee
LE PALAIS DE LA MÉDITERRANÉE
Sea side
A temple to gambling and the arts in the Interwar years, in 1927, the year of its construction, it became the world’s most grandiose casino.
In 2004, after three years of works, that life was re-instilled in the legend with its Art-Deco architecture...



11 Promenade des Anglais - 06000 NICE
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hotel-de-ville
HÔTEL DE VILLE
City center
Neoclassical on the outside and Art-Deco inside, this structure, built in 1730, was used successively as a seminary for the Diocese, a hospital and a barracks. Since 1860, it has been the Town Hall.



Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville - 06300 NICE
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ancien-hotel-regina
ANCIEN HÔTEL RÉGINA
City center
This former hotel was built in 1896 for English aristocrats and essentially Queen Victoria; construction took only eighteen months.
With its impressive majestic silhouette, it bears witness to the splendours of the Belle Époque. In the 1930s, it was...



71 bd de Cimiez - 06000 NICE
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la-place-rossetti
LA PLACE ROSSETTI
City center
Ochre façades, fountains, flower-decked balconies, baroque cathedral and café terraces contribute to the life of this bustling square, one of the most picturesque in Old Nice.



- 06300 NICE
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eglise-saint-jacques-le-majeur-dite-du-jesus-(gesu)
ÉGLISE SAINT-JACQUES-LE-MAJEUR DITE DU JESUS (GESU)
City center
Built in the Baroque style starting in 1607 by the Jesuits, the ‘Gesù’ church is richly decorated with many ornaments, stucco, false marble, cherubs and medallions.
The blue of its façade dominates the small square that bears its name and from...



Rue Droite - 06300 NICE
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monument-du-centenaire
MONUMENT DU CENTENAIRE
Sea side
Built in 1893, this monument commemorates the decree declaring the Comté de Nice to be part of France and the creation of the Alpes-Maritimes département.
It faces Promenade des Anglais and the Mediterranean Sea, on the edge of Jardin Albert Ier.



Jardin Albert 1er - 06000 NICE
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eglise-sainte-jeanne-d-arc
ÉGLISE SAINTE-JEANNE D'ARC
City center
A stunning realization made of concrete painted white, the Joan of Arc church was built by the architect Jacques Droz in the early 1930s, with exceptional consistency between the materials, shapes and aesthetic design.
The 65-metre bell tower adorned...



11 rue Grammont - 06000 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 86 33 07
la-place-saint-francois
LA PLACE SAINT-FRANCOIS
City center
Of the former Franciscan convent, all that remains is a small part of the cloister.
The recently restored bell tower (Tour de l’Horloge) dominating the lively square where the fish market is held every morning (except Monday) around the dolphins’...



- 06300 NICE
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la-promenade-des-anglais
LA PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS
Sea side
Nice owes this route its international standing!
This famous seaside road is always elegantly decorated with flowers and follows the harmonious curve of Baie des Anges. Originally a footpath no more than 6 feet wide, it was widened by an Englishman,...



- 06000 NICE
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cathedrale-sainte-reparate
CATHÉDRALE SAINTE-RÉPARATE
City center
This church, which became a Cathedral in the 16th century, is the largest sanctuary in Old Nice.
Inspired by early Baroque architectural models from Rome, the structure has a basilical layout; with a triple nave and a transept. The decoration of the...



Place Rossetti - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 92 01 35
cours-saleya
COURS SALEYA
City center
Built on the ramparts dismantled in the early 18th century, Cours Saleya, a pedestrian area in the heart of Old Nice, has become a picturesque part of the city, a must for tourist and locals alike.
In this rectilinear baroque ochre setting, the flower...



Rue Saint-François-de-Paule - 06300 NICE
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le-port
LE PORT
Port
Located in the heart of the city, the Port of Nice comprises 7ha of docks and a dozen wharfs, six for commercial activity.
The Port of Nice, surrounded by 18th-century buildings in the Genoese style, is actually named Port Lympia. The architectural...



CCINCA - Quai Amiral Infernet - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 217 217
quai-rauba-capeu
QUAI RAUBA CAPEU
Sea side
At the foot of the Castle Hill, Promenade des Anglais becomes Quai des États-Unis along the old town, then Rauba Capeu, which offers one of the finest vistas on the Mediterranean Sea and the beautiful blue and ochre nuances along Promenade des...



Côté Est de la Promenade des Anglais - 06300 NICE
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le-negresco
LE NEGRESCO
Sea side
Built on the shores of the famous Baie des Anges in 1912 by Niermans for the Romanian Henri Negresco, this Belle-Époque landmark is the only museum and luxury hotel in Nice.
A listed historic building since 2003, it houses collections retracing five...



37 Promenade des Anglais - 06000 NICE
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le-fort-du-mont-alban
LE FORT DU MONT-ALBAN
East Nice
Built on a hilltop 222 metres above sea level, the Fort is a massive 16thcentury structure with bastions and bartizans.
It offers an exceptional panorama including Italy (point of Bordighera), Cap d’Ail, Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, Baie des Anges, all...




Tel.: +33(0)4 92 00 41 90