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Reconstitution théâtralisée du traditionnel tir du canon de midi

From 04 July 2021 To 03 October 2021
Terrasse Nietzsche - Parc de la Colline du Château
As part of "My summer in Nice" launched by the City of Nice, come and discover a theatrical re-enactment of the traditional firing of the noon gun on the hill of the castle in Nice every Sunday during the summer from 4th July!


In 1861, an English gentleman, Thomas Coventry, persuaded the municipality of Nice to fire a cannon from the hill of the Château to mark the exact time of lunch. Legend has it that this gentleman wanted to remind his wife of lunchtime, who was late returning from her morning walk, charmed by our Baie des Anges and very talkative... But the reality is quite different. Thomas Coventry had a passion for measuring time. He had a red globe hoisted on a mast on the roof of the Chauvain hotel where he lived, to indicate to the fireman posted at the castle that he should prepare to fire the noon gun. On 21 December 1863, the cannon was fired for the first time.

In 1867, Thomas Coventry gave his equipment to the City of Nice and, on 19 November 1875, a municipal decree instituted "lou canoun de Miejour".

In 1881, the artillerymen set the clock on the Saint-François tower, then on the radio speaking clock after the war. The artillery piece was replaced several times and the firing site was moved under the platform of the esplanade. Since 1886, the fireworker has been setting off a firework bomb, known as an "air chestnut". The techniques have changed since 1863, and every day at 12 noon we are startled by a blast.




Montée Eberlé - Montée Montfort - 06300 NICE
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11:45 - Every Sunday from 4 July to 3 October 2021 (except 15 and 22 August).

Rates :

Free - Limited space, Wearing a mask is compulsory.


  • NICE
  • City center
  • Old Nice
  • Port / Acropolis / East Nice
  • Nice-Sea side
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