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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

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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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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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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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-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-cadran-solaire
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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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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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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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.


Closed : Tuesday all day,

15 rue Droite - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 62 72 40
le-fort-du-mont-alban
LE FORT DU MONT-ALBAN
East Nice
Built on a hilltop 222 metres above sea level, the Fort is a massive 16thcentury structure with bastions and bartizans.
It offers an exceptional panorama including Italy (point of Bordighera), Cap d’Ail, Saint-Jean Cap-Ferrat, Baie des Anges, all...




Tel.: +33(0)4 92 00 41 90
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
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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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-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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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-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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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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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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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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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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