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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

eglise-et-monastere-franciscain-de-cimiez
ÉGLISE ET MONASTÈRE FRANCISCAIN DE CIMIEZ
City center
On the site of a Benedictine chapel, the church was later part of a Franciscan convent and became the site of a popular pilgrimage in the 16th century.
The church houses three key works by the gothic painter Louis Brea of Nice and a monumental...



Av du Monastère - 06000 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 81 00 04
la-place-ile-de-beaute
LA PLACE ILE-DE-BEAUTE
City center
Aligned symmetrically on either side of the church of Notre- Dame du Port (Church of the Immaculate Conception), the buildings and houses on the square form an exemplary complex in the Neoclassical style.
Also called ‘Place du Port’, its harbour...



- 06300 NICE
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le-cimetiere-du-monastere-de-cimiez
LE CIMETIERE DU MONASTÈRE DE CIMIEZ
City center
Raoul Dufy, Roger Martin du Gard and Henri Matisse are buried in this cemetery which has many surprising monuments in memory of the departed.



Avenue du Monastère - 06000 NICE
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basilique-notre-dame
BASILIQUE NOTRE-DAME
City center
The largest church in Nice and the first modern religious structure, the basilica of Notre-Dame was built after Nice became French (1864-1868).
Inspired by the Cathedral of Angers with its two square towers, it is adorned with 19th-century...



Av Jean Médecin - 06000 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 88 73 63
eglise-saint-martin-dite-saint-augustin
ÉGLISE SAINT-MARTIN DITE SAINT-AUGUSTIN
City center
The present church dates mainly from the 17th century; among the fine works it contains, there is a Pietà, a panel painting attributed to Louis Brea (ca. 1504).
The Augustinian convent became a barracks after the French Revolution, renamed ‘Caserne...



Place Saint-Augustin - 06300 NICE
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chapelle-de-la-misericorde
CHAPELLE DE LA MISÉRICORDE
City center
Built after 1740 and designed by the famous architect Bernardo Vittone, the chapel has an elliptical nave, with semicircular side chapels.
The wealth of the decoration inside, the originality of its volumes and the murals by Bistolfi make this a...



Cours Saleya - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 92 00 41 90
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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monument-aux-morts
MONUMENT AUX MORTS
Sea side
At the foot of the Castle Hill, where Nice was born, the War Memorial was inaugurated in 1928 in the old quarries cut into the sides of the hill, in honour of the 4,000 people of Nice who died in World War I (1914-1918).



Place Guynemer - 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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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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la-place-massena
LA PLACE MASSÉNA
City center
Built in the 1840s, Place Masséna remains the jewel of Nice.
On the north side, elegant arcaded buildings are painted with the famous Pompeian red and to the East, there is a splendid perspective on the hills with their Tuscan charm. The square was...



- 06000 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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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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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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les-ponchettes
LES PONCHETTES
Sea side
Between Cours Saleya and the Sea, this row of buildings includes two 19th-century vaulted halls, now converted into municipal galleries, which host many exhibitions with a definite predilection for contemporary art.
They host many exhibitions with a...



Promenade des Anglais - Cours Saleya - 06300 NICE
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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’...



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maison-d-adam-et-eve
MAISON D'ADAM ET EVE
City center
One of the few remaining examples of the decorated façades of Old Nice, this bas-relief dated 1584 shows Adam and Eve naked in the Garden of Eden, threatening each other with clubs.
Perpendicular to Cours Saleya, this façade of this house is famous...



Rue de la Poissonnerie - Angle Cours Saleya - 06300 NICE
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eglise-de-l-annonciation-dite-sainte-rita
ÉGLISE DE L'ANNONCIATION DITE SAINTE-RITA
City center
Generally known as Saint Rita’s, for the patron saint of desperate causes canonized in 1900, the church was rebuilt in the 17th century and dedicated first to Saint Giaume (Saint James), then Notre-Damede-l’Annonciation.
With its dark outer...



1 rue de la Poissonnerie - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 62 13 62
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
le-palais-de-justice
LE PALAIS DE JUSTICE
City center
Built from 1890-1892 on the site of the former Dominican convent, the Hall of Justice was built according to the very traditional principle of a colonnade and a great Neoclassical staircase.



Place du Palais - 06300 NICE
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