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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

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
la-tete-carree
LA TÊTE CARRÉE
Acropolis
Devised by the sculptor Sacha Sosno, the ‘Square Head’ is the key symbol of the city’s contemporary architecture.
This 30 metres high and 14 metres wide monument-sculpture is not open to the public and houses the offices of the Louis Nucéra...



2 place Yves Klein - 06000 NICE
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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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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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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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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
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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visite-guidee-fort-du-mont-alban
VISITE GUIDEE DU FORT DU MONT-ALBAN
Nice hills

Perched on the Mont Boron hill overlooking Nice's bay and the Villefranche-sur-Mer harbour, the Mont Alban fort was built around 1560 and was once one of the County of Nice's major defensive constructions. A tour of this site leads you deep into the...

Closed : Monday all day, Tuesday morning, Wednesday all day, Thursday morning, Friday all day, Saturday all day, Sunday morning,

Centre du patrimoine - 14 rue Jules Gilly - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 92 00 41 90
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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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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batterie-du-mont-boron
BATTERIE DU MONT-BORON
East Nice

The old fort known as ‘Batterie du Mont-Boron’ will soon be renovated by the world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, who is famous for the Musée du Quai Branly (Paris), Soho Hotel (New York), the great urban park of Barcelona... to make it...



Route Forestière du Mont-Boron - 06300 NICE
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palais-lascaris
PALAIS LASCARIS
Old Nice
An exceptional example of civil baroque architecture, the Palais Lascaris is a recognised Musée de France, devoted to the art and music of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Once the home of the Lascaris-Ventimiglia family, this palace was created from...

Closed : Tuesday all day,

15 rue Droite - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 62 72 40
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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cathedrale-orthodoxe-russe-patriarcat-de-moscou
CATHÉDRALE ORTHODOXE RUSSE PATRIARCAT DE MOSCOU
Gambetta
Classified as a historic building, this cathedral is the largest edifice of this type outside Russia.
Inspired by the Muscovite style, it has a very richly decorated interior with many icons, murals and carved woodwork as well as an iconostasis of...



Av Nicolas II - Bd Tzarévitch - 06000 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)9 81 09 53 45
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
EGLISE NOTRE DAME DU PORT
Port




Place Ile de Beauté - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 89 53 05
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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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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opera-nice-cote-d-azur
OPÉRA NICE COTE D'AZUR
City center
Come to the Nice Côte d'Azur Opera House to admire its architectural heritage or enjoy the opera, dance or symphony orchestra season. Be bold - try the Opera House!
A harmonious blend of premieres of contemporary works, rediscovery of gems of the...

Closed : Sunday all day,

4-6 rue Saint-François-de-Paule - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 92 17 40 79