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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

EGLISE NOTRE DAME DU PORT
East Nice




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




28 av de Pessicart - 06100 NICE
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LE PORT
East Nice
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
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QUAI RAUBA CAPEU
East Nice
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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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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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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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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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
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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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LE CIMETIERE DU MONASTÈRE DE CIMIEZ
Nice hills
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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LE NEGRESCO
City center
Built on the shores of the famous Baie des Anges in 1912 by Niermans for the Romanian Henri Negresco, this Belle-Époque landmark is the only museum and luxury hotel in Nice.
A listed historic building since 2003, it houses collections retracing five...



37 Promenade des Anglais - 06000 NICE
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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
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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
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PLACE DU MONASTÈRE DE CIMIEZ
Nice hills
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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LA TÊTE CARRÉE
East Nice
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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