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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

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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 NOTRE DAME DU PORT
Port




Place Ile de Beauté - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 89 53 05
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
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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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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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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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
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
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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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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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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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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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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