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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

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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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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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-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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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-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
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
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
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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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
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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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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la-place-garibaldi
LA PLACE GARIBALDI
City center
The first extension of Old Nice northward, Place Garibaldi today is lined by elegant yellow ocher façades with green shutters and vaulted porticoes, in which the Blue Penitents’ chapel, Chapelle du Saint-Sépulcre, is perfectly integrated.
A statue...



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