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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

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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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
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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EGLISE NOTRE DAME DU PORT
Port




Place Ile de Beauté - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 89 53 05
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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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
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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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-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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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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le-cimetiere-du-monastere-de-cimiez
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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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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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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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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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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le-cadran-solaire
LE CADRAN SOLAIRE
City center
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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le-negresco
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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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-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-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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