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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

quai-rauba-capeu
QUAI RAUBA CAPEU
Nice-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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le-palais-de-justice
LE PALAIS DE JUSTICE
Old Nice
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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chapelle-de-la-misericorde
CHAPELLE DE LA MISÉRICORDE
Old Nice
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
la-place-saint-francois
LA PLACE SAINT-FRANCOIS
Old Nice
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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ancien-hotel-regina
ANCIEN HÔTEL RÉGINA
North Nice
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
Nice-Sea side
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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eglise-saint-jacques-le-majeur-dite-du-jesus-(gesu)
ÉGLISE SAINT-JACQUES-LE-MAJEUR DITE DU JESUS (GESU)
Old Nice
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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cours-saleya
COURS SALEYA
Old Nice
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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le-negresco
LE NEGRESCO
Nice-Sea side
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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monument-aux-morts
MONUMENT AUX MORTS
Nice-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-sainte-jeanne-d-arc
ÉGLISE SAINTE-JEANNE D'ARC
North Nice
A stunning realization made of concrete painted white, the Joan of Arc church was built by the architect Jacques Droz in the early 1930s, with exceptional consistency between the materials, shapes and aesthetic design.
The 65-metre bell tower adorned...



11 rue Grammont - 06000 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 86 33 07
le-palais-de-la-mediterranee
LE PALAIS DE LA MÉDITERRANÉE
Nice-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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maison-d-adam-et-eve
MAISON D'ADAM ET EVE
Old Nice
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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les-ponchettes
LES PONCHETTES
Nice-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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le-palais-de-la-prefecture
LE PALAIS DE LA PRÉFECTURE
Old Nice
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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cathedrale-sainte-reparate
CATHÉDRALE SAINTE-RÉPARATE
Old Nice
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
hotel-de-ville
HÔTEL DE VILLE
Old Nice
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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cimetiere-du-chateau
CIMETIÈRE DU CHÂTEAU
Old Nice




Montée du Château - 06300 NICE
Tel.: +33(0)4 93 85 68 10
la-place-garibaldi
LA PLACE GARIBALDI
Port / Acropolis / East Nice
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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eglise-et-monastere-franciscain-de-cimiez
ÉGLISE ET MONASTÈRE FRANCISCAIN DE CIMIEZ
North Nice
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