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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

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...



- 06300 NICE
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les-ponchettes
LES PONCHETTES
Old Nice
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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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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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
ÉGLISE SAINT-ROCH
East Nice




Place Saint-Roch - 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-tete-carree
LA TÊTE CARRÉE
City center
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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la-tour-bellanda
LA TOUR BELLANDA
City center
Built on the foundations of a defensive structure razed to the ground during the French occupation under King Louis XIV, Tour Bellanda was home to the great 19th-century French composer Hector Berlioz while he was writing the King Lear...



Parc du Château - Escalier Lesage - 06300 NICE
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cathedrale-orthodoxe-russe-patriarcat-de-moscou
CATHÉDRALE ORTHODOXE RUSSE PATRIARCAT DE MOSCOU
Railway station
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
quai-rauba-capeu
QUAI RAUBA CAPEU
City center
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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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
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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la-promenade-des-anglais
LA PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS
City center
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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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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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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ancien-hotel-regina
ANCIEN HÔTEL RÉGINA
Nice hills
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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eglise-et-monastere-franciscain-de-cimiez
ÉGLISE ET MONASTÈRE FRANCISCAIN DE CIMIEZ
Nice hills
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
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
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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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